INSAS

Indian INSAS Bayonets
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Mr. B.
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Re: INSAS

Post by Mr. B. » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:10 pm

Here is an example of what Windlass Steel Craft can produce. This is a replica that they make which is listed on eBay. It is a copy of a British WWII era Enfield N0. 5 MKI jungle carbine bayonet and scabbard. Note that the markings include that of the original manufacture R.F.I. which is the Royal Factory Ishapore. Windlass makes a variety of other bayonet replicas. Attached is a link to that part of their current catalog.

https://www.windlass.com/product-catego ... /bayonets/

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Re: INSAS

Post by Brian » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:05 pm

I think they are a private company contracted out to make the bayonets for the Indian army.
The ones we see are likely overruns, but I do not think commercially made. Jeremy Tenniswood in the UK may know more as he sold/released many if not most of the ones we see today, over 15 years ago. He must have acquired them somehow. Maybe he remembers something.
https://militaria.co.uk/
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Re: INSAS

Post by MDIvie » Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:15 pm

Windlass Cutlery has been the distributor for Indian Military blades for maybe a century or more. They also handle export sales for Indian military blades. In my opinion, what we have in our collections are no different than what would have been issued to the Indian military with the INSAS rifles. They are not made specifically for the collectors market unlike a lot of the crap coming out of China. A lot of what Windlass has sold in the past is from overruns of military contracts and I believe that i the case with the INSAS bayonets. My guess is the ones with the Windlass marks are newer production and not an overrun from the military contract.

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