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Re: M88 rifle w/1888 cartouch and 84 bayonet

Posted by Ralph Hunt on Sunday, 25 January 2015, at 6:32 p.m., in response to Re: M88 rifle w/1888 cartouch and 84 bayonet, posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 25 January 2015, at 4:23 p.m.

Thank you so much for the reply. I tried finding those bayonets in the classifieds but failed so I'll quote my reference book and try to be more descriptive. This is a book by Waite and Ernst and on page 111,the first of chapter 11 it quotes the "Annual Report of the Chief of Ordnance" for fiscal year 1884. Description of rod bayonet and etc.Parts:Round blade;shoulders 2 for locking ring;creases for thumb and fingers; point grooves 3; This is what I have - the 3 grooves, but don't have the conical lock grooves of the 1884. I have the flat-bottomed square shouldered locking notches of the 1888. However, on page 129, I'll quote "The upper end of the bayonet was ogival-shaped (like a pointed arch), with 4 longitudinal oval grooves near the tip." I assume that looking at the tip it would look like the tip of a Philips screwdriver. This is not what I have. I have 3 longitudinal grooves. Page 132 shows the profiles of all three rod bayonets so I know the difference between conical and cylindrical. I would be happy to post pictures if I can figure out how to do it.


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