Yooper John's SKS - Battle rifle of many nations

SECTION  19:  In this section I will try to show the differences between the same part from different arsenals, years and countries. The only purpose of this page is to help make the collector aware that differences do occur and about anything could be possible. These are ALL from my personal observations and not from any books.

SKS BAYONETS
Blade and Spike variations


The various pictures below show the Bayonets  from various makes and models of the SKS. Currently these are the only differences I have noticed. Some are only cosmetic, some have different stampings, some are shaped slightly different and some are just plain different. NOTE:    This is just from my observation and may or may not be original to the gun!

Blade type bayonets

The blade type bayonet is found on the Russian, Chinese, East German, Romanian, Yugoslavian, North Korean and North Vietnamese SKS. 

 Russian, Chinese, Romanian, North Korean and North Vietnamese  SKS blade bayonets all have the same dimensions.

   

Note the inspector stampings found on this Russian bayonet.

This bright finished bayonet can be found on the Russian SKS from 1949 -1956.  1949 had an original spike type bayonet similar to the M44 Russian bayonet. The bright finish is usually associated to a non-rebuild variation.

The total length of the bayonet is 12 1/4" with the blade being 9" long.

 

This dull finished bayonet can be found on the Russian SKS from 1949 -1956.  1949 had an original spike type bayonet similar to the M44 Russian bayonet.  This dull finish is usually associated with a gun that has gone through an arsenal rebuild.

The total length of the bayonet is 12 1/4" with the blade being 9" long.

 

 

This black finished bayonet can be found on the Russian SKS from 1949 -1956.  1949 had an original spike type bayonet similar to the M44 Russian bayonet.  This black finish is usually associated with a gun that has gone through an arsenal rebuild.

The total length of the bayonet is 12 1/4" with the blade being 9" long.

 

This dull finished bayonet can be found on the Sino Soviet and the early Chinese factory coded 26 SKS from 1956 -1965.  This bayonet does not have the blasted appearance of the Russian blade bayonet. It is not a polished version.

The total length of the bayonet is 12 1/4" with the blade being 9" long.

 

This dull finished bayonet can be found on the commercially altered Sino Soviet and the early Chinese factory coded 26 SKS from 1956 -1965 that were made into the "Paratrooper" model.  This bayonet does not have the blasted appearance of the Russian blade bayonet. It is not a polished version.  This bayonet is cut down from the Type 56 blade bayonet.

The total length of the bayonet is 10 1/4" with the blade being 7" long.

 

Note the difference in the length of the blood groove, they are the same!!  The tip has been re-ground to a shorter length.

 

This is a picture of an East German blade bayonet that is use on the SKS.  Looks to be the same as the Russian and Chinese versions.  Hopefully a better picture will be coming.

 

 

This bayonet has a dull finish and is found on the Yugoslavian M59 SKS.  It is slightly longer than the Russian or Chinese.

The total length of the bayonet is 12 3/8" with the blade being 9 1/8" long.

 

This bayonet has a dull finish and is found on the Yugoslavian M59/66 SKS.  This model incorporates the built in grenade launcher.

The Lug on this bayonet differs from the typical round ring  that fits over the muzzle of the barrel, this is unique to the M59/66.

The total length of the bayonet is 14 1/4" with the blade being 11" long.

 

Differences between the Chinese and Yugoslavian bayonets are found in the shape and size of the blood groove as shown in the circled areas above.  This is the easiest way to tell if your Yugo has the correct bayonet!!!

 

Spike Type Bayonets

The spike type bayonet is found on the 1949 Russian, Chinese, and Albanian SKS.  Albania used the spike exclusively and China used it from 1966 until end of production.

 

This is an actual Russian spike bayonet found on the 1949 Russian SKS.  Dimensions are coming.

 

This dull finished bayonet can be found on the Chinese SKS from 1966 - end of production.

The total length of the bayonet is 15" with the blade being 11 7/8" long.

 

 

This dull finished bayonet can be found on the "D" model Chinese SKS that uses the AK type of magazine. It will only fit the "D" model.

Note the different mounting that this bayonet uses.  The adapter has a slot on the bottom and the end has a hook to attach to the lug.

The total length of the bayonet is 15" with the blade being 11 3/4" long.

 

This bayonet can be found on the commercially altered Chinese SKS from 1966 on that were made into the "Paratrooper" model.  It is not a polished version.  This bayonet is cut down from the Type 56 spike bayonet.

The total length of the bayonet is 11" with the blade being 8" long.

 

This black in color spike bayonet is found on the Albanian SKS, all years.  Not interchangeable with the Chinese.

The total length of the bayonet is 14 1/4" with the blade being 11" long.

 

Notice the difference in the blood groove on the Albanian and Chinese spike bayonet.

 

Correct position of the SKS bayonet in relation to the bayonet adapter and stock groove.

On all blade bayonets, the wide edge faces down when in the closed position. Note the relationship to the adapter that fits over the barrel, both the wide edge and barrel adapter are facing down.  The narrow edge fits into the slot on the stock.  This makes carrying the gun much more comfortable!

On all spike bayonets, the single blood groove faces down when in the closed position. Note the relationship to the adapter that fits over the barrel, both the single groove and barrel adapter are facing down.  The double groove and raised edge fits into the slot on the stock.  This makes carrying the gun much more comfortable!

ODD BALLS

Sometimes we run across various bayonets adapted to work on the SKS.  We find that some spike type AK-47 bayonets will fit with little modification.  These bayonets are very similar to the SKS D type bayonet found elsewhere on this page.  Also used were modified Mosin Nagant bayonets.  Modifications were done to the groove in the stock to accommodate these modified bayonets.

   

AK bayonet assembly.  Note the similarities to the China D type found elsewhere on this page.

   

This Mosin bayonet is almost 12" long.  Note the adapter, it is modified to fit the SKS.  The spring is not shown

Go to SKS page 20 more info on the SKS Slings.

Go to SKS page 4 more info on the SKS bayonet adapters.

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