Friday, July 13, 2007

Boomsticks: Toadstickers.

So there's this guy who sets up at our local gun shows. He always has cool militaria. The good stuff is spread on the table: Long Garand bayonets, a Patton sword, US & German WWII flotsam and jetsam. That's not why I patronize his table, though. I'm there for the three 5-gallon buckets of old bayonets he keeps behind his table, all fairly reasonably priced. Every show, no matter how odd the gun I'd just acquired and needed a toadsticker for, he'd always come through for me:

"Got a reasonably priced WWI German Gewehr 98 bayonet?"

"Arisaka bayonet. WWII vintage. Got one?"

"Do you have a cheap Garand bayonet I can use to cover up the lug until I can afford a good one?"

"How're you fixed for Argentine Mauser bayonets?"

"Bayonet. Azerbaijani M1887 Mauser. How much?"

Okay, I just made that last one up. Still, he was batting 1.000 until this most recent show when I asked "Do you have any bayonets for a Brazilian 1908/34 Mauser?"

*Rummage* *Rummage* *Dig*

"Nope. Not here; I'll bring one next show."

I was floored. Anyhow, I did some digging around on the intarw3bz to get an idea of what I'd be looking at, price-wise. (Don't worry, I'm not going to cheat on him. He said he'd bring one; I'll buy it from him.) While surfing, I came to the site that is the point of this post. ("Point". Ha, ha. Get it? I kill me...)

"ebayonet". That is just too clever for words. Wish I'd thought of it...


Carteach said...

Pricey, but nice to find them all in one place.

Tracy said...

Ah, the '08/34. One of my favorite '98s. As common as the rifles were a few years ago, I would've thought bayonets for them would be equally common. In fact, I'm pretty sure I have one.

Tracy said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the /34 is the short rifle, in 7mm, produced by Brno, right? I used to have one; wish I still did. And the original '08 is the long rifle built by DWM, also in 7. I almost hate to admit this, but I have a Bubba'd one of those, with the barrel shortened to 24", that I have killed more deer with than any other rifle. A handloaded 154 grain Hornandy from that rifle drops 'em like somebody pulled the rug out from under them.

Tracy said...

Make that Hornady.

Anonymous said...


$550. for an original long M1 bayonet and scabbard.

I need one so badly for my April '43 Garand, yet I'm so cheap I won't spend the kind of money they bring. Lowest I've seen around here is 150 or so.
Short bayos on a Garand are just so wimpy.



Tam said...

"Correct me if I'm wrong, but the /34 is the short rifle, in 7mm, produced by Brno, right?"

The 1908/34 is the one that looks like your generic 98k, but is Brazilian-made at Itajuba and chambered in .30-'06.

MMmmmmm... 98k Mauser in .30-'06. The best rifle chambered for the best cartridge. Could there be anything sweeter?

Anonymous said...


I have to pick up a bayo for a Martini, a Snider Enfield, a half dozen Lee Enfields, including a No1Mk1..

Why, oh why did you have to remind me?

Anonymous said...

Not sure about better, but just as good.

'98 mauser rechambered in .308 by Steyr. Cost $100 (admittedly that was 10 years ago).

Tracy said...

You're right, the grand '06 in a '98k is very nearly a perfect rifle; but I join the late Finn Aagard and W.D.M Bell in my admiration of the 7x57.

I guess it was the original 1908 Brazilian that was made by both Brno and DWM. They are both incredibly high-quality rifles.
Also, I have always read that 7x57 military Mausers require heavier bullets for best stabilization and hence accuracy; but then I read later that Brazil used 139 grain bullets in their military ammo, so that caveat probably doesn't apply to the '08.
I don't mean to hijack your thread, Tam; but it reminded me of one of my alltime favorite rifles.

Tam said...

Oh, I loves me some 7x57, I just loves it best served up in handy little engineer's carbines and the like. :)

Gewehr98 said...

Damnit. Another place to leak money towards.

Lessee. I need pigstickers for:

Model 1911 Schmidt-Rubin Infantry Rifle

Model 1896 Dutch Mannlicher Cavalry Carbine

NoIMkIII* Short Magazine Lee Enfield

No5Mk1 Lee-Enfield Jungle Carbine

I see he's got the NoIMkIII bayonets, and also one for my BM-59. Hopefully he's got the others.