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Authentic Original Rifle & Musket Bayonets Manufactured by US and CS Makers
Excellent Original Socket Bayonet For the Rare Drake Pattern Mississippi Rifle
Item #: A2765
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Here is one of the rarest of Civil War era US socket bayonets, the socket bayonet for the Drake contract M-1841 Mississippi Rifle conversions. The State of Massachusetts contracted with the firm of A.J. Drake to convert M-1841 Mississippi Rifles in inventory to .58 caliber and add M-1855 Rifle type rear sites. The contract also called for the inclusion of angular socket bayonets, which this example is one of. The profile of the bayonet is unique, with a sharp blade to shank joint that is encountered only on CS Fayetteville bayonets, Spanish M-1857 bayonets and a few early Sharps bayonets. The bayonet conforms to Reilly’s figure B-82 in American Socket Bayonets & Scabbards with a huge .918 bore diameter, a 3” socket, a 19 7/8” blade and a 27/32” blade width. As is typical with Drake bayonets, there is no US marking, only a letter & number combination that is stamped on the bottom of the socket between the locking ring and the shank. In this case the bayonet is stamped F.33. The meaning of the stampings is unclear, but Reilly believes that they are production lot numbers. Only a few hundred of these guns were converted in this fashion and equipped with this style of bayonet, so they are rarely encountered today. The bayonet is in very fine overall condition with gray metal throughout. The original locking ring and screw are present and fully functional. There are some small areas of scattered areas of minor darkening. The overall look is exceptional, and it would be hard to find a nicer example of this very rare bayonet.

Shipping Weight: 6 lbs
$395.00 USD

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