Interesting pigsticker

This Mauser bayonet looks simple enough. For those familiar with such items, it looks like your basic M1935 knife-style bayo produced locally by Askari Fabrika turkije in Ankara for the Turkish military before WWII for their wide assortment of the 8mm Mauser M1893 and M1903 rifles.

Often using a mix of older M1913 bayonets and components with new elements as needed, these typically run about 15 inches long from tip to tip with a 10-inch grooved spear-point blade.

This example is labeled on one side “AS. FA.” for Askari Fabrika with serial number “145227” on the other and has a sheet steel scabbard and walnut panels.

What makes this bayo curious is that, sometime in the 1950s, it was modified by the NATO-allied Turks to fit an M1 Garand, of which the U.S. supplied some 300,000 through the Cold War.

As Uncle Sam did not send any bayos with said M1s, the Turks had to find a solution as best they could and both converted older Mauser bayonets as well as beginning production of a local copy of the U.S. M5 constructed by MKKE.

The more you know…

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