FRANCE WW2 era MAS36 rifle spike bayonet; scarce early manufacture “no hole” specimen, rare unused

$149.99

Original WW2 French MAS36 spike bayonet; scarce early manufacture “no hole” type. An attractive specimen in rare unused condition; scarce this nice. FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S. FOR THIS ITEM!

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WW2 French MAS36 spike bayonet; scarce early manufacture “no hole” type. An attractive specimen in rare unused condition; scarce this nice.

A nice example of an early-issue spike bayonet designed by the French for their pre-WW2 MAS36 bolt-action rifle.  This is a typical French “stick ’em up” spike design; the unusual feature of this bayonet is that it was supposed to be stored within the rifle internally in a tube under the barrel, hence no scabbard.  Almost the entire bayonet was concealed within; just the handle//bayonet base would be sticking out. Unfortunately, some soldiers pretty quickly discovered that two rifles could be locked into each other “barrel-to-barrel” if connected via the sticking portion of the bayonet handle. The “lock-in” would be permanent, by the way; once locked, there was no easy way to disengage the interconnected rifles. Of course, this is something one would just HAVE TO do with the issued firearm, right?!  Anyways, to prevent some idiots from taking out of action 2 perfectly good rifles at a time the French high brass decided to make the design almost idiot-proof by drilling holes in bayonets’ handles and rifles’ storage tubes. Now, even if some moron did manage to lock two rifles in that manner, they could be easily disengaged with a push of a pin. I’m not kidding; after the war the French even issued a field memo on the subject.

The bayonet I offer for sale is an early production “no hole” design – and therefore not an “idiot-proof” specimen.  The bayonet is scarce unused condition with some factory-applied comsmoline still in the blade. The spike blade is straight; needle-like tip is intact. Original spring within the handle is nice and tight; all parts are solid with no play. The bayonet is about 17-1/8” / 43.5 cm;  the blade is about 13-1/4″ / 33.5 cm long.  The base is stamped with the production series number 94.

This original WW2 French MAS36 spike bayonet is in excellent overall conditions; don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection! Not cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original “as is” condition; spent brass is not included with the knife 😉  I have more WW2 and WW1 era bayonets and knives, as well as several scarce WW1 and WW2 American and European fighting daggers, bayonets and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in the Militaria section.

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 FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S. FOR THIS ITEM!

International shipping via USPS for this item will be $55 and up to most countries on our “ship-to” list.

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Weight 2.1 lbs

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