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M1816 Socket Bayonet?


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I found this socket bayonet today and while it looks like a M1816 socket bayonet there are no US/Armory makings on it just a 7 and and some other kind of mark near it on the left-hand side of the socket. Approximately 19-1/4" OAL...Socket length 3-1/8".....Blade length just under 16".....Maybe a contract bayonet?

 

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Robert Reilly's book says the period between 1816 and 1822 was transitional.  He says the Model 1816 bayonet will be found with or without blade flutes (the flute can vary as much as several inches in length).  They can be found with or without markings, and they vary in length of socket and in blade length.  The blade tip will also vary, with straight tapers, prow tip and modified, slash tip. The "odd" mark might be a "2".  I have one more source to check, so if anything changes I'll check in again.

Marv

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17 hours ago, Misfit 45 said:

Robert Reilly's book says the period between 1816 and 1822 was transitional.  He says the Model 1816 bayonet will be found with or without blade flutes (the flute can vary as much as several inches in length).  They can be found with or without markings, and they vary in length of socket and in blade length.  The blade tip will also vary, with straight tapers, prow tip and modified, slash tip. The "odd" mark might be a "2".  I have one more source to check, so if anything changes I'll check in again.

Marv

 

Thank you very much. :)

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