South African R1 Series

South African R-Series Bayonets
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South African R1 Series

Post by Mr. B. » Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:51 pm

This is a South African R1 bayonet and scabbard. It is for their FN-FAL style weapons. This is the type of bayonet that was modified to fit on the South African Galil/Kalashnikov style R4 rifle. The R4 is featured in Martin Ivie's book "Kalashnikov Bayonets".
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Re: South African R1 Series

Post by Mr. B. » Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:55 pm

Additional R1 picture. M.
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Re: South African R1 Series

Post by Brian » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:25 pm

Lots of those around here in SA :-)
Not expensive either.
Here is the R4 bayonet, made from R1 bayonets by my friend Bruce at Valley Trading for the army unit way back then.
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Re: South African R1 Series

Post by Brian » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:38 pm

Here is another type done at a unit level using the R1 bayonet and a sleeve to close off the FH ports.
This one is far easier to make, but was not an ideal situation and they were mainly used for ceremonial use.
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Re: South African R1 Series

Post by modellkm87 » Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:00 am

Still have the two in my collection, has to be one of the rarest of the group. So rare, no one knows about them :)

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Re: South African R1 Series

Post by leeco » Fri May 13, 2016 7:18 pm

A picture of this beauty I found at my local fair, not sure how it ended up in England
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Re: South African R1 Series

Post by Brian » Fri May 13, 2016 7:27 pm

Welcome Lee, good to have you here.
Yes, that is an extraordinary find. I know Bruce told me he sold the original plans, and one or 2 of the original bayonets to a collector (I think in the UK)
If that is the case, this could be one of those. I'll ask Bruce for the details on Monday. Here's a pic of the plans
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Re: South African R1 Series

Post by leeco » Fri May 13, 2016 7:31 pm

I was probably the only person who realised what it was, luckily for me

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Re: South African R1 Series

Post by Mr. B. » Fri May 13, 2016 8:46 pm

Excellent Find! Thanks for sharing. When someone finds something unique like this it keeps us all going, having hope. Mike

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Re: South African R1 Series

Post by Mr. B. » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:11 am

Here are a few more pictures of the South African R4 - R5 bayonets and scabbards. Mike
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