Bulgarian AK47 Hybrid Bayonet & Scabbard

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Bulgarian AK47 Hybrid Bayonet & Scabbard

Post by Mr. B. » Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:15 am

This is a Bulgarian hybrid AK47 bayonet & scabbard. It combines the hilt design of an AK47 with a Type III blade and scabbard. It is designed to retro fit on original AK47 rifles yet uses the blade and scabbard of a 6X5 Type III insulated wire cutter design. The hilt has been redesigned to provide electrical insulation again using 6X5 technology. This bayonet & scabbard were designed for countries, groups or individuals still using the AK47s to be able to upgrade their bayonets both for commercial and collector's market. Mike
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Re: Bulgarian AK47 Hybrid Bayonet & Scabbard

Post by RPBCPS » Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:56 pm

Here is my example of this beast, which I bought from a fellow collector on the old Bayonet forum back in Sept. 2007. The seller told me it was a prototype, so I paid a premium for that, as it has no acceptance stamps and you can see the 'ears' and muzzle ring are in ‘steel’.
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Re: Bulgarian AK47 Hybrid Bayonet & Scabbard

Post by Mr. B. » Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:37 pm

I am not sure if these hybrid bayonets were made up for a specific contract or just for possible sales with the large quantities of surplus AK47 rifles on the market. It is interesting to see the different finishes on the exposed metal on the hilt. Mine is painted black, yours appears to be Parkerized or phosphated. Others I have seen are bare metal. Different production lots or just quality issues or rejects? Mike

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Re: Bulgarian AK47 Hybrid Bayonet & Scabbard

Post by MDIvie » Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:48 pm

Mike,

The Bulgarians still produce milled receiver AKs based on the Soviet T3. They have been updated with a variety of things like a 90 degree gas block similar to the AK74s' gas block and black plastic furniture similar to that used on the AK74. The US government is one of Bulgaria's main customers for these. The US destroyed thousands of AKs captured in Iraq because they said it was too expensive to check them all for safety - even the brand new Tabuks captured at the factory. So, to resupply the Iraqi Police and later Army with AKs the US bought brand new AKs from Bulgaria and Romania in 7.62x39 with many of the Bulgarian AKs being the T3 design.
I've known the owner of K-Var for years and was offered one of these bayonets when they first came available. As with Richard, it was at a ridiculously high price so I passed. I ended up buying a later version with the metal painted black.
I do believe the blade Richard owns is one of the first run (possibly could be called prototype) units produced.

Martin

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