Original German Manufactured Argentine Mauser Model 1891 Bayonet with Aluminum Grips

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. A truly very fine example of this scarce Argentine Contract Mauser M-1891 Bayonet constructed with Aluminum grip panels. Bayonet and scabbard are marked with matching serial number N9656 with RA stamped on both, for República Argentina. The almost 16" blade is in great condition, with the only draw back being that the "Argentine Crest" on the ricasso has been ground off, as required by the Argentine military upon release from military stores. However, the MODELO ARGENTINO 1891 marking is still intact.

The other side of the ricasso bears the German Bayonet maker's name:


The aluminum grip scales were part of an effort to lighten the bayonet. The grip metal is an alloy of aluminum, with 6 percent copper.

Argentina opted for the 15.75 inch blade, after seeing that Chile was going to adopt a shorter (10-inch blade) bayonet for their Mausers. However, the prototype bayonets turned out heavier than the Argentines liked, so they made a number of design changes (thinner blade, slimmer hilt, and others).

They went ahead with the brass grip scales, initially, so as not to further delay production. Brass-gripped bayonets were made 1892–93. Production switched to aluminum grip, mid-1893, after producing 40,000 brass grip bayonets. 190,000 aluminum grip bayonets were made, 1893–1898.

Offered in fine collector's condition.

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