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    Back to the original question, as modified, there was no bayonet for these BM59 copies.

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    You can read more on this site:

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    "US Built Variations:

    In 1964, Golden State Arms, Pasadena, CA, began offering the "Santa Fe" BM59, or "M59". While most, if not all of these were built around re-welded receivers using the 03 barrels, they did obtain licensing from Beretta to manufacture them. You will see these rifles either with the Beretta Licensing agreement, or without it. Although marked with the Beretta licensing information on the left hand side of the receiver, the buyer should still remain aware that these were built in Pasadena, CA., and NOT at the Beretta factory in Italyicon. At this point, I am unclear as to why some of the Santa Fe Arms rifles are marked with the Beretta License Agreement, and some are not. I think that it is quite possible some of the earliest are not marked, and that the later ones are not so marked, possibly because Beretta was not happy with the quality, as indicated by a few writers. One additional note about the Golden State/Santa Fe, I have heard one reputable gunsmith say that some of these were actually imported. I have seen photos of an M1icon Garand that was marked with Santa Fe/Golden State markings that I believe most probably was an import, but never have I seen a Golden State BM59 that I believe was an import. Most probably, any Golden State/Santa Fe you see will be a re-weld. Re-welds were also built by National Ordinance and Federal Ordinance.

    One important side note to the Golden State, and similar versions, is they use a simplified front magazine catch that is not standard Beretta design. Replacement parts for this catch are unavailable, and I have seen a few people looking for them. I don't know of anyone who can provide these. Perhaps in the future, I will have some machined up for those who need them.
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    I had a similar rifle a while back that was converted and built by a Walter Craig It was a welded receiver that was annealed and reheat treated and whoever did it did it well. I even had an inspector in one of the welding shop I worked in go over it with an ultrasound and it was solid.

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    Thanks for the info and I found a Bayonet for it.

    Thanks for the info.

    I found the proper bayonet for it. its a WW2 era garand bayonet with a different xguard w muzzle ring Italianicon stamped on the xguard and the base of the blade in addition to the original US markings.

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    Nice shooting rifle for sure. .308 in the long action for 30-06 makes for a really sweet rifle!
    I loved her and I was disappointed when I got the new SC70/90 (which, by the way is a fine rifle!). Knowing how to shoot, I liked .308 for its punch. Automatic fire was mostly out of question. So also the longer reach was a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rifleman188@yahoo View Post
    I found the proper bayonet for it
    Pics? Maybe one mounted and one beside the muzzle...?
    Regards, Jim

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    Sure will do tonight when i get home


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