France - Model 1886/93/16 Lebel Bayonet

brass metal smooth handle, Cruciform blade , Blade length 51.5cms<

€ 45,00

The model M1886 Bayonet was standard issue to French soldiers fighting in the First half of WW1 before1916 who were issued the Lebel rifle.

The M1886 bayonet is an usual design which has a long thin cruciform Blade with a peculiar locking device just behind the muzzle ring and an all metal grip

Originally the bayonets had a nickel-silver handle and a hooked quillion. By 1916, with the need to conserve nickel for the war effort, the handles were made of brass. About the same time they were manufactured without the quillion

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