Original Soviet Union Cold War Era Type II AKM Bayonet and Scabbard by Izhevsk
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic example of a Soviet produced Type II bayonet for the AKM rifle as well as the AK47 and AK74 rifles. This one is in near mint condition and does not appear to have seen much, if any use. The AKM rifle was introduced in 1960. Among other things, the updated AK47 variant included a bayonet lug. Much easier and cheaper to manufacture than the AK47, production and use of the AKM went worldwide. The inclusion of a bayonet lug allowed for a more conventional bayonet. However, the new bayonet design, what we refer to as the AKM Type I, was far from conventional. It was as groundbreaking as the Kalashnikov itself.
The improved AKM Type II bayonet was introduced in 1965 and brought with it two significant changes. A squared-off steel pommel was added, to address the fragile nature of the Type I's bulbous plastic pommel. Revolutionary as it was, the Type I design couldn't change soldiers, who seem naturally inclined to use the pommel as a hammer. The second major change was a new scabbard. Advances in plastics technology had reached the point where the scabbard body could be made of molded plastic, with only a metal end for the wirecutter. This eliminated the need for a rubber insulator, as the plastic scabbard body was non-conductive.
This example is marked on the grip scale with a triangle in an arrow for the Izhevsk Arsenal. Izhevsk Mechanical Plant or IZHMEKH (ИЖМЕХ) was a major firearms manufacturer founded in Izhevsk in 1942 for manufacturing small arms. Both the scabbard and the actual bayonet are both marked with an ink stamp for OTK40. In economy of the Soviet Union and economy of Russia, Technical Control Departments (Russian: Отдел технического контроля, ОТК, OTK) were and are in charge of quality assurance of production and services. In the late Soviet Union the OTK existed in all socialist enterprises.
The bayonet comes more than ready for further research and display.
The AKM is an assault rifle designed by Soviet small arms designer Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1959. It is the most ubiquitous rifle of the Kalashnikov rifles. It was developed as a replacement to the AK-47 introduced a decade prior.
Introduced into service with the Soviet Army in 1959, the AKM is the most prevalent variant of the entire AK series of firearms and it has found widespread use with most member states of the former Warsaw Pact and its African and Asian allies as well as being widely exported and produced in many other countries. The production of these rifles was carried out at both the Tula Arms Plant and Izhmash. It was officially replaced in Soviet frontline service by the AK-74 in the late 1970s, but remains in use worldwide.
The AKM maintains the AK-47's wood stock, but has simpler individual parts that are favorable for mass production. Like the AK-47, many variants of the AKM exist such as the AKMS, AKML, and AKMP.
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