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Canada No. 4 Mk. II Socket bayonet for use with the caliber .303 Lee-Enfield No. 4 rifle.

This example was made during the Second World War by the Crown Corporation Small Arms Ltd., Long Branch, Ontario, Canada. According to Skennerton, Longbranch made approximately 910,000 bayonets 1942–1944.

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7.875 200 9.875 251 .595 15.1 Socket: Canadian 'broad arrow' acceptance mark over "No 4 Mk II" over a superimposed "LB"
No. 4 Mk. II This example is one of a small number of No. 4 Mk. II bayonets, approximately 5,000, made by Canadian Arsenals Ltd., in a special production run during the Korean War. 

These were the last No. 4 socket bayonets produced and the only No. 4’s to carry the distinctive Canadian Arsenals Ltd. trademark.

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7.875 200 9.875 251 .595 15.1 Socket (left): "No. 4 Mk. II" and nested "C" "A" (Canadian Arsenals Ltd. logo).
Denmark M1854 Socket bayonet originally for use on the Dornbuchse M/1849 rifles employed by Prussian-supplied forces rebelling against the Danish Govt. in 1849–1851.  The rifles and bayonets were taken into Danish service and reissued as the Suhler Tapriffel Model 1854.

Unique locking spring designed by Johan Christian Wilken Kyhl (pronounced, 'cool') and first introduced in 1794.  The Kyhl spring catch was used on Danish bayonets from 1794–1860 and also on bayonets made by Norwegian and Prussian makers.

According to Per Holmback, noted authority on Scandinavian bayonets, approximately 12,000 of these weapons were taken over by the Danish Army after 1851 (from the Schleswig-Holstein rebels) and converted in 1854. The marking "SH XV B 186" stands for Schleswig Holstein 15th Battalion, weapon 186.

19.25 489 22.375 568 .855 21.7 Ricasso: Proofmark

Shank: German proofmarks

Socket:  "1855_4397" and "SH XV B 186"

France M1754 Style Cadet or Officer's Fusil Diminutive socket bayonet for a downsized cadet musket or officer's fusil, as it is only about 3/4 the size of a regular infantry bayonet. It is patterned after the French M1754 bayonet, which was used with the Charleville musket (which, incidentally, the Americans copied to produce the first U.S. military muskets made at Springfield Armory, following its establishment in 1795).

This bayonet was made in France or Belgium; or possibly here in America. It is hand-forged and devoid of markings, so there's no way to be sure. Either way, it would have been made in the latter part of the 18th Century, 1770 give or take.

The socket length is 2.812 in. (71 mm.).

11.00 279 13.75 351 .780 19.8 None.
M1847 Socket bayonet for a .69 caliber smoothbore musket. The M1847 was a refinement of the M1822 bayonet.

The 2.625 in. (67 mm.) long socket is cut for a bottom stud. The fuller is shallow, as wide as the blade, and squared off where it terminates at the ricasso.  The locking ring has a distinctive profile when viewed end-on. The M1847 also introduced the tapered blade shoulder, which the U.S. adopted for its M1855 bayonet.

The acceptance marking on the elbow is consistent with other known Liege, Belgium makers' acceptance marks. The identity of the maker represented by "NL" is not known. The ricasso marking is believed to identify the forger. The identity of the forger represented by "OM" is not known.

Bayonets of this type were imported to the U.S. during the American Civil War to go with the 140,000 French muskets and Belgian copies purchased by the U.S. Ordnance Department.

18.437 368 20.75 527 .855 21.7 Ricasso: "OM"

Shank: crown over cyrillic characters

S.I.G. 540/542 Socket bayonet for use on the 5.56 mm. NATO caliber Swiss Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft (S.I.G.) 540 and 542, assault rifles, produced in France by MANURHIN (Manufacture de Machines du Haut Rhin). The S.I.G. 540 and 542 served the French Army as interim infantry weapons in the 1980s, until the FAMAS rifle was available in sufficient numbers.

This bayonet bears a resemblance to the Type C socket bayonet used on some variants of the Belgian FN–FAL assault rifle.

The 22 mm. socket diameter allows firing of the NATO-standard 22 mm. rifle grenades.

Since these bayonets are devoid of markings, it is not possible to determine whether this example was made in France or Switzerland.

7.00 178 11.00 279 .870 22.0 None.
Germany FAL Type C Socket bayonet for the FN–FAL assault rifles that incorporated the 22 mm. NATO-spec flash hider.

This example was made by A. Eickhorn GmbH of Solingen (AES). This example has temporary export markings "Solingen Germany", suggesting that it was produced following reunification in 1989.

Eickhorn constructed the socket by forging upper and lower halves using a drop hammer. Hot metal was poured in between the halves, to make the complete blank, which was machined to create the tubular socket. The sprue line is evident in the pictures at left.

The scabbard body is plastic, with an integral web belt hanger. The hilt strap's stippled dome fastener is characteristic of Eickhorn products.

Most Belgian FAL Type C bayonets had a drawn socket, although FN also used casting near the end of FAL production. These images of the FN (top) and AES (bottom) show differences that distinguish the two makers' production.

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6.50 165 11.375 289 .890 23.6 Ricasso: "Solingen" over "Germany"

Scabbard (body): "Solingen" over "Germany"

Hungary 48.M (M91/30) Socket bayonet for use with the Puska M48 and the M53 sniper variant of the 7.62 mm. M1891/30 Mosin-Nagant rifle.

The M1891/30 was Russia's standard service rifle during the Second World War and was used extensively post-War by Warsaw Pact countries.

Approximately 220,000 rifles were manufactured 1950–53 by Femaru Fegyver es Gepgyar Reszvenytarsasag (F.E.G.), making these bayonets somewhat scarce. The post-war Hungarian bayonets exhibit notably better workmanship than their Russian cousins and and a blued finish.

17.00 432 19.875 505 .590 15.0 Socket (right): "BG 2035" and inspection mark

Socket (left): "02"

Press Stud: "02"

India Sappers & Miners Carbine Socket with sword bayonet for the caliber .733 Pattern 1841 Sappers and Miners Carbine.

Probably made 1845–1860 in India, it is of somewhat cruder construction than the British-made version.

This 2nd Type example lacks the D–shaped knuckle guard found on the 1st Type.

The socket length is 4.00 in. (102 mm.).

22.25 565 26.50 673 .915 23.2 None.
Nepal Snider-Enfield Socket Bayonet Socket bayonet for use with the .577 caliber Pattern 1853 Rifle-Musket and Snider-Enfield breechloading conversion. A crude copy of the British Pattern 1853 bayonet.

This and the following example are from a 43-ton cache of weaponry removed from the Royal Nepalese Armory at the Palace of Lagan Silekhana in 2003. Near Katmandu, the Armory housed more than 50,000 firearms; over 150 ancient bronze cannon; tens of thousands of bayonets; and all manner of tools and accessories. The Nepalese were thrifty in the extreme. From the 1830’s onward, it was as if the Armory threw nothing away. Read more about the "Nepal Cache" and my experience breathing new life into a Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle-musket.

17.50 445 20.562 522 .780 19.8 The markings are all in Devanagari script-

Ricasso: ? over "7"

Elbow (right): "9361"

Socket: "7"

Devanagari Numerals Reference Chart

Image of Nepalese Gahendra socket bayonetImage of Nepalese Gahendra socket bayonetImage of Nepalese Gahendra socket bayonetImage of Nepalese Gahendra socket bayonetImage of Nepalese Gahendra socket bayonetImage of Nepalese Gahendra socket bayonetImage of Nepalese Gahendra socket bayonet Gahendra Socket Bayonet Socket bayonet for use with the caliber .577/450 Francotte and Gahendra rifles.

A crude copy of the British Pattern 1876 bayonet, with a larger diameter socket. The Gahendra and Francotte barrels had thicker walls than the Martini-Henry, making the outside diameter too large to accept the British Pattern 1876 bayonet.

The scabbard is of British manufacture, for the Pattern 1876 bayonet, as evidenced by the War Department acceptance mark.

The Nepalese “Francotte” copied an improved Martini-Henry design by Belgian maker August Francotte and dating to 1877. The Nepalese rifles used Francotte’s detachable trigger and firing mechanism, but without Francotte’s patented cocking indicator. The Nepalese Francotte rifles suffered from poor metallurgy and other defects, so were not a successful design.

The “Gahendra” is named after its developer, Nepalese military engineer General Gahendra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana. The Gahendra rifle was based on an 1869 Westley Richards patented design, but incorporated its own detachable trigger and firing mechanism. The Gahendra’s distinctive underlever has a downward-curving loop and attaches to the action in front of the trigger.

The quality of manufacture was improved over the Francotte, and was considered a successful design. The number produced is not known.  However, a report dated 1906 indicated that 8,983 Gahendra rifles were still on hand.  In addition to the rifle that bears his name, Gahendra also developed the Bira gun, a contemporary of the rapid-fire Gatling and Gardner guns.

22.25 565 25.25 641 .770 19.6 The markings are in Devanagari script-

Elbow (right): “Ha • 1258 •” (Don't know what the letter Ha represents)

Socket: "4" over "12"

Scabbard (locket):

Row 1: “Pu Go 2” (don’t know what the letters Pu or Go represent)

Row 2: “Na 26” (Na is an abbreviation for ‘number’)

Row 3: “Na Go 2”

Row 4: “Na ? 6”

Scabbard (chape): War Department acceptance mark

Netherlands M1871 First Pattern Cruciform socket bayonet for use on the 11.4 mm. Beaumont rifle. 

The Beaumont was an early, single-shot bolt-action rifle. In 1881, Beaumont rifles were converted into repeaters by adding the, then revolutionary, Vitali box magazine. This was the first use of a box magazine on a military rifle. The Vitali box magazine system was subsequently used by Italy on their Vetterli rifles.

This example is of the first pattern bayonet, with a conventional one-piece iron locking ring. The socket length is 2.625 in. (67 mm.).

According to Dutch bayonet collector/researcher Erwin Muetstege, the initial design used a conventional, one-piece locking ring made of iron, which was copied from the Snider bayonet. In 1875, the War Department changed to the two-piece locking ring, made of steel.

20.125 511 22.75 578 .700 17.8 Socket:  "N 131"

Shank: Proofmarks

M1871 Second Pattern This example is of the second pattern, with its unique two-piece steel locking ring. The socket length is 2.625 in. (67 mm.). 20.25 514 22.875 581 .700 17.8 Socket: "S 117"

Shank: proofmarks

New Zealand No 4. Mk. II Socket bayonet for use with the caliber .303 Lee-Enfield No. 4 rifle. These saw extensive use during the Second World War and into the 1950s, when the Lee-Enfield was superseded by the 7.62 mm. NATO caliber FN–FAL assault rifle.

This example went to New Zealand to equip the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force. The 2nd NZEF fought in the North African and European Theatres as part of the British 8th Army.

Based on serial numbers observed, approximately 35,000 No. 4 bayonets went to New Zealand.

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8.00 203 10.00 254 .595 15.1 Socket: N (arrow) Z over "24637"
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