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Original Set of Two Argentine Mauser M1891 Aluminum Grip Bayonets by WKC with Crest - 1 Long & 1 Shortened

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Original Items: Only One Set of Two Available. Here we have a very nice set of two scarce Argentine Contract Mauser M-1891 Bayonet constructed with Aluminum Alloy grip panels. Twenty five years ago these were fairly common, however they have become more scarce as the surplus stocks dried up. One bayonet in the set is still in the original issued configuration, with a full length blade, and is in excellent condition. The second definitely has more wear from service, and had the blade cut-down to more closely conform to the shorter bayonets in fashion in the 20th century.

What is special about this set is that the ARGENTINE CREST is still visible on the rear of both blades. These were ordered removed or defaced by Argentine Government order before Export so consequently those with crests are particularly RARE. We do not see that any attempts were made to remove the crest, and the MODELO ARGENTINO 1891 markings are still intact and crisp.

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


Both bayonets come with scabbards that are not serial matched, and RA is stamped on the pommel of both, for República Argentina. For more information please WATTS & WHITE, THE BAYONET BOOK Page 2 Item 1.

A great set of Argentine M1891 bayonets, one in almost unissued condition, while the other is in good service used condition, having been modified for further service. Ready to add to your collection!

History of the M1891 Argentine Mauser Bayonet:
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). 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.

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.

Specifications (Long):
Blade Length: 15 3/4"
Blade Style: Single Edged Sword with Fuller
Overall length: 20 1/2“
Crossguard: 3 3/4”
Scabbard Length: 16 3/8"

Specifications (Shortened):
Blade Length: 9 1/2"
Blade Style: Single Edged Sword with Fuller
Overall length: 14 1/4“
Crossguard: 3 3/4”
Scabbard Length: 11"

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