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Indian-made reproduction bayonets

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by AlexanderA, Sep 25, 2017.

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  1. AlexanderA
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    In the 1980's, I was involved in Civil War reenacting. Back then, most of us used the Indian-made reproduction socket bayonets. While they could not be confused with originals, they were acceptable for our purposes. Especially if the locking rings were replaced with the then-plentiful original locking rings.

    Recently, I had occasion to shop for a bayonet for an Armi Sport M1842 musket (which, incidentally, is a very close copy of the original). I made a big mistake in paying $95 for an Indian bayonet for this gun. What can I say? The quality of the Indian makers has really gone downhill since the 1980's. The only upside is that the steel is so soft that it can be easily straightened when it inevitably gets bent out of shape. Even the replacement of the locking ring is not enough to save this piece of junk.

    I finally just bought an original for $225. It's like the difference between night and day. In the long run you are better off buying an original.
     
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    Interesting, wonder why the Italian arms makers don't make in house quality reproduction bayonets to go with their rifles?
     
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    They do, but the cost is as much (or more) as that of originals. For example, Dixie Gun Works lists a Civil War socket bayonet (M1855-M1863) made by Armi Sport, for $195. Dixie also lists the Indian reproductions for about $40. Since an original in nice condition can be obtained for $125 (if you shop around at a large antique gun show), it's pretty clear that the Italian reproduction is uncompetitive.

    The pricing situation for the M1842 bayonet is a little different. The Indian (junk) reproduction is $95, the Italian (Armi Sport) reproduction is $165, and a good original is about $225. Still, the original (being an original) is a better buy.
     
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    Always nicer to have an original, thanks for clarifying.
     
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    Which Indian?
    Windlass has a decent rep, with some boo boos. Deepeeka is much less desirable.
     
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