Original German WWII Reworked Austrian M1888 Rifle Bayonet by ŒWG Steyr with Scabbard and Tropical Frog
Original Item: Only One Available. This bayonet began its life as an Austrian-made bayonet for the Mannlicher model 1888 straight pull bolt action Rifle. This rifle was fielded in the late 19th Century by the AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN Empire until 1895, when it was replaced by the more advanced Mannlicher model 1895. By WWII, both these models were obsolete, however good edged weapons were never wasted if possible.
Before and during the outbreak of WWII, the German Wehrmacht made extensive use of obsolete as well as captured bayonets, converting them to mount to one of their standard service weapons, or converting them to fighting / utility knives for the use of the Werkschutz (Factory Security) in Germany. This example is definitely a fighting knife, as it has had the muzzle ring removed, and the catch design would not be compatible with any of the standard long arms, which require a hole for the cleaning rod.
The bayonet ricasso and the scabbard frog button are both stamped with Œ / WG, the marking for Österreichische Waffenfabriksgesellschaft (Austrian Arms-Manufacturing Company), abbreviated as ŒWG. Steyr Mannlicher firearm production was a part of this company.
A very nice example of a German-reworked Bayonet from Austria, ready to display!
Blade length: 9 5/8”
Blade Style: Single Edged Knife with Fuller
Overall length: 14 5/8”
Crossguard: 1 1/2”
Scabbard length: 10 1/8"
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