What You Need to Know: West Mercia Q&A on Firearms Licensing
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The Seitengewehr 84/98 was the most widely issued German bayonet of the Second World War. It was used in conjunction with the Karabiner 98k rifle (see FIR 7358). It was a development of a design which had first been introduced before the First World War, for use by machine-gunners and cyclists. Initially these bayonets were produced by modifying obsolete Model 71/84 bayonets. However, during the First World War production of new S84/98 bayonets took place, as they were simple to manufacture and used less metal than the standard S98 bayonet. The adoption of the K98k rifle in 1934 prompted the manufacture of quantities of an improved S84/98. This 1940 dated example was made by ‘Coppel G.m.b H’ (The Alexander Coppel Solingen Company was founded in 1821. Besides steel goods the company also produced weapons. This meant that the company belonged to the most important sectors of Solingen’s industry. In 1862 the company was considered to be the third largest in the city. Until the First World War, it was in a “sales association” of five Solingen arms manufacturers who sold their products worldwide) which is stamped clearly to one side of the blade. The number ‘5349’ and ‘C’ is to the other. The pommel has two waffenampt stamps. The spine of the blade is marked ‘40’ for manufacture in 1940. The all metal scabbard is in excellent order and is stamped ‘5195’. The leather frog is in equally good order with a nice patina and all stitching and metalwork in place. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 375.