North Korean AKM Variation #1

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North Korean AKM Variation #1

Post by Mr. B. » Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:02 pm

This is a North Korean AKM bayonet with a green colored fabric hanger. M.
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Re: North Korean AKM Variation #1

Post by RPBCPS » Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:51 pm

Here are some photos of my NK AKM bayonet which I bought from a veteran, who told me he had recovered it in Panama during Operation Just Cause.

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It is used and abused, but as a combat veteran myself, I appreciate that look.... :-)

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Re: North Korean AKM Variation #1

Post by Mr. B. » Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:47 pm

Very nice with an interesting history. The original theory that the different colors of the webbing indicated a difference in whether the bayonets were for internal use or for export. To me that did not seem logical and I have seen both green and tan web hangers come from various sources, both from veterans and importers. The North Koreans manufactured large quantities of these bayonets. They are a relative simple and inexpensive item to make, especially the scabbard, so why would they bother to make a color difference to differentiate between what they issued or exported. Maybe a difference in early verse latter production or just a matter of what color webbing was available at the time?
Mike

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Re: North Korean AKM Variation #1

Post by RPBCPS » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:03 pm

Mike,
Thanks for that feedback.
Perhaps there was more than one factory making them in North Korea, so that was the source of the colour difference?
Richard

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