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WW1 Russian Imperial Model 1871 Berdan II Training Bayonet - Afghanistan Recovered

WW1 Russian Imperial Model 1871 Berdan II Training Bayonet - Afghanistan Recovered

$525.00
Product code: 17

Availability: In stock

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A FIRST WORLD WAR RUSSIAN IMPERIAL MODEL 1871 BERDAN II TRAINING BAYONET. THIS BAYONET WAS LATER SOLD OR SUPPLIED TO AFGHANISTAN AND WAS RECOVERED BY A COALITION SOLDIER DURING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM IN 2005.   This bayonet is a very good example of the type designated by collectors as a Russian Imperial Model 1871 Berdan II Training Bayonet.  At some point it was sold or supplied to the Afghans and was recovered by a coalition soldier taking part in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2005.

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Soldiers Souvenir - 'Operation Enduring Freedom' – 2005

A FIRST WORLD WAR RUSSIAN IMPERIAL MODEL 1871 BERDAN II TRAINING BAYONET. THIS BAYONET WAS LATER SOLD OR SUPPLIED TO AFGHANISTAN AND WAS RECOVERED BY A COALITION SOLDIER DURING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM IN 2005.   This bayonet is a very good example of the type designated by collectors as a Russian Imperial Model 1871 Berdan II Training Bayonet.  At some point it was sold or supplied to the Afghans and was recovered by a coalition soldier taking part in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2005.

Interestingly, many unusual bayonets have been recovered from Afghanistan since Coalition Forces began operations there in late 2001.  It’s believed that the Turks, Russians and Persians supplied Afghan forces with arms between the mid 1940’s and late 1950’s although Dennis D. Ottobre in his reference Bayonets of Afghanistan' says that he believes that most Turkish sourced bayonets found in Afghanistan where supplied to groups fighting the Soviets in the late 1970’s and 1980’s.  However the bayonets ended up there, most of the examples seen on e-bay from Australia, the US and the UK have been bought out by Coalition troops returning home from operations.  This particular bayonet is one of those and was originally sourced in Afghanistan.  A First World War photograph of Russian reserve troops equipped with Berdan rifles during WW1 is attached to this listing for reference.

The Berdan rifle (винтовка Бердана/vintovka Berdana) is a Russian rifle created by famous American firearms expert and inventor Hiram Berdan in 1868. Standard issue in the Russian army from 1869-1891, the Berdan was replaced by the Mosin-Nagant rifle.  The model of 1870, or Berdan II, is a single shot bolt action with a distinctive short, pear-shaped, bolt handle. The bolt handle serves as the only locking lug for the action, and when closed, points upwards at a 30 degree angle, rather than horizontally. The Berdan II was produced in four variants: an infantry rifle, the lighter and slightly shorter dragoon rifle, a cossack rifle with a button trigger and no trigger guard, and a cavalry carbine. Infantry and dragoon rifles were issued with quadrangular socket bayonets. Initial production of the Berdan II was at Birmingham Small Arms in England. The rifles were later manufactured in large numbers by Russian factories at Tula, Izhevsk, and Sestroretsk. Estimated total production of all models is over 3 million. The rifle was known for its accuracy, simplicity and reliability.

Both the Berdan I and Berdan II were used by Guard units in the Russian Army during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78. Russian forces, although ultimately victorious, were badly mauled by the very long range fire from Turk Peabody-Martini rifles at battles like Pleven. The Berdanka, as it was called, continued on in Russian service even after the adoption of the Mosin Nagant. During World War I, some Russian second line, training and service units were armed with the Berdan II. It is common to see Berdan rifles in photos of street fighting taken during the Russian Revolution of 1917. Markings on the Berdan rifle and bayonet usually consist of the Imperial Russian property markings.

This is a very good example of an extremely rare Russian bayonet with a very unusual provenance. A steel socket bayonet with locking ring and cruciform fullered blade tapering back to a blued socket and shank in good original condition.  The blade shank is stamped with a unique ownership mark (see picture).

Type: Model 1871 Berdan II Training Bayonet
Overall Length: 420.0 mm
Blade Length:  345.0 mm
Socket Length:75.0 mm
Muzzle Ring Diameter: 17.5mm

An Imperial Russian Model 1871 Berdan II Training Bayonet in good condition, which was sold or supplied to the Afghans and which was recovered from Afghanistan during Coalition operations there in 2005.  A really evocative bayonet with a great patina and a very interesting provenance; you won’t find a better one.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 0.7500
Country of Origin Russian
Pattern No
Bayonet Type Misc.
Maker No
Year of Manufacture (circa) No
Overall Length (mm) 300
Blade Length (mm) 300
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 30
Scabbard No
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) No
Frog No