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#136904 01/14/2009 09:35 PM
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guys -

I recently found at a store what's for me an odd bayonet.

the round attachment - the part that fits over the barrel then turns onto a lug - looks 19th century; similar setup as on civil war rifles.

but the blade doesn't hang down 2 inches below; it comes right off the bottom portion - AND it's "scooped out" along its length - not any kind of fuller, more a spoon-shaped trough, ending about 8 inches downstream in a pointed tip.

why this curvature? prototype digging too? note I said "trough," not "trowel. it's only as wide as a normal bayonet. I found nothing on the 'net.

sorry no pix for now.


sound US? British? mr. jerry come in!
thanks


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#136905 01/14/2009 11:46 PM
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Hmmmmm, how big is the muzzle hole? any cartouche makings ( stars, crowns, "US" etc)


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#136906 01/15/2009 05:16 AM
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the "socket" length is about 4" long and the hole is for a large caliber muzzle, maybe .70

wish I cd. answer more, mr. jerry. didn't check it too carefully (there was some fine bladed eye-candy to be oogled nearby. then I had to leave.)

but it was just ordinary steel "in the white" showing no signs of ever having a finish and looking at least a hundred years old.

I'll try to make some pix this weekend. it's really strange-looking....

thanks for the interest. hope you can sort it!


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#136907 01/15/2009 01:32 PM
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was there a locking ring on the muzzle socket?

There really was not that many different types of early bayonets, so we should be able to figure it out!


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#136908 01/15/2009 02:49 PM
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I think there was a locking ring. I'll get those pix if the guy's open this weekend.

I'd 1st thought, hmmm maybe field-modified but it looked too "factory."

stay tuned.


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