Original Norwegian M1916 Bayonet for Krag–Jørgensen Rifles & Carbines with Scabbard
Original Item. Only One available. The Norwegian M1894 Krag–Jørgensen Rifle was the result of the Swedish-Norwegian Rifle Commission, which in 1891 set out to decide on a new primary service long rifle. Before they could decide on the rifle, first they had to develop a new cartridge that it would fire, with the end result being the 6.5×55mm. After they they tested various rifle designs, eventually short listing three rifle designs: the Mannlicher 1892, the Mauser 1892, and the Krag–Jørgensen 1892.
Ultimately the Krag design was chosen, and a total of more than 215,000 Krag–Jørgensen rifles and carbines were built at the Kongsberg Arms Factory in Norway. 33,500 additional M/1894 rifles were produced at Steyr (Österreichische Waffenfabrik Gesellschaft) in 1896–1897 under contracts for the Norwegian Army (29,000 rifles) and the Civilian Marksmanship Organisation (4,500 rifles). The various subtypes of Krag–Jørgensen replaced all rifles and carbines previously used by the Norwegian armed forces, notably the Jarmann M1884, the Krag–Petersson and the last of the remaining Remington M1867 and modified kammerladers rimfire rifles and carbines.
For years the M1894 Krag–Jørgensen Rifle and later M1912 Carbine used converted bayonets from older rifles, however with the outbreak of WWI, a new design began production, the M1916. A total of 41,360 were reported produced at Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk (Kongsberg Weapons Factory) from 1916–1926. 31,000 were made for the M1894 rifles and 12,160 for the M1912 carbines.
This very nice example has a relatively small fullered blade measuring 14 1/4", with an overall length of almost 19 1/8". It is in good used condition, showing staining and evidence of past exposure to the elements. However it is still solid, and the bayonet lock is fully functional. The ricasso markings are the royal cypher of King Haakon 7 and the Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk factory mark. The reverse ricasso has an additional proof mark, and the minimal crossguard is marked with serial number 122721.
It comes complete with its original steel scabbard, which is in a similar condition to the bayonet. It has some of the original paint, but there is also oxidation on the outer service, and a dent from both sides about an inch below the bottom. It fits the bayonet correctly, and still properly latches onto the release button. It has non-matching serial number 129125 marked on the throat. These were sold out of service after use, so they were often mismatched during this time. For more information please see Watts & White, "The Bayonet Book", pages 216-217, Items 530 and 531.
Very unusual and ready to display!
Blade Length: 14 1/4"
Blade Style: Single Edged with Fuller
Overall length: 19 1/8“
Crossguard: 1 1/2”
Scabbard Length: 15"
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