These pictures of a World War II German 8 mm. Mauser Kar 98k rifle and bayonet illustrate the Mauser bayonet bar. Note how the rifle barrel does not support the bayonet. Also note how the cleaning rod extends into a hollow in the bayonet hilt to allow the bayonet to mount.
With the Prussian mounting system, the bayonet lug supported only the rear of the bayonet, requiring a muzzle-ring to provide much of the support. The weight of the bayonet, hanging on the end of the barrel, was the problem. These pictures of a Finnish 7.62 mm. M1939 rifle and bayonet illustrates a typical bayonet mounting requiring a muzzle ring (and, yes, that's a real Finnish M1939 bayonet).
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