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    43 SPANISH AIRFORCE

    I was out looking at parts for a 43 SPANISH AIR FORCE Mauser and ran across a Bayonet Stud Extension. I tried looking up infromation on it but so far have turned of nothing.

    What is the purpose of this?


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    Quote Originally Posted by usabaker View Post
    I was out looking at parts for a 43 SPANISH AIR FORCE Mauser and ran across a Bayonet Stud Extension. I tried looking up infromation on it but so far have turned of nothing.

    What is the purpose of this?

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    Adapter to allow the use of different bayonets.


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    Quote Originally Posted by docholliday1959 View Post
    Adapter to allow the use of different bayonets.
    Why would they need to do that if they are issued bayonets that match the rifle? Just seems odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usabaker View Post
    Why would they need to do that if they are issued bayonets that match the rifle? Just seems odd.
    Not odd, just frugal. Not all rifles were produced with matching bayonets. and the adapter made it possible to re-use bayonets from earlier/obsolescent rifles, such as the Mauser 1893/95 types and the Spanish Model 1916. Older bayonets were often longer, and probably considered to be a compensation for the short reach of the Air Force Rifle.

    Ball, "Mauser Military Rifles of the World", 5th. Ed., P358, has a photo of a Spanish Air Force Model 43 Short Rifle fitted with such an adapter.
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    On my rifle,it is installed and pinned into place. It fits the issue bayonet. You would need to remove it to use an earlier one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by docholliday1959 View Post
    It fits the issue bayonet.
    Doc, what does the bayonet look like for these rifles?

    Thanks, Bill
    Last edited by usabaker; 02-25-2018 at 02:43 PM.

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    [/COLOR]As far as I know, it is the M43 toward the bottom. I'm far from an expert, but I went thru this trying to figure out which one went on mine [/QUOTE]

    Bayonets of Spain
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    Quote Originally Posted by docholliday1959 View Post
    it is the M43 toward the bottom
    Thanks, Doc!


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