This page presents examples of both Izhevsk and Tula manufactured first production pattern AKM bayonets. These are characterized by the so-called "bulbous handle" grips, Bowie type clipped blades, wire cutting capability, and in most cases, metallic sheaths with molded rubber electrical insulators. Also included in this section is a very rare, exceptionally nice matching numbers "transitional" AKM bayonet.
This section includes examples of the later model AKM bayonet which was also issued with early AK-74/AKS-74 as well as SVD rifles. These were also made by both of the most famous AK factories, Izhevsk and Tula. Bayonets of this type are identified by a new, square shaped handle with metallic pommel and a new non-conductive Bakelite sheath which did away with the need for a rubber insulator. We feature examples from both Russian factories in this section.
Both types of bayonet designs used with AKM and early AK-74 rifles from Russia were copied by various other countries, many of which were fielded with domestic models of AK-74 rifles. These would include Poland, East Germany, Bulgaria and Romania. This page identifies some common and some not-so-common examples found by collectors.
This example of an Izhevsk-made Type 2 has a rarely seen alternate design lightweight pommel, consisting of an investment cast end-piece with a unique inset wrist strap attaching loop.
Late style AK-74 and SVD bayonet is identified by a ribbed grip and spear point blade. Both grip panels and sheath are made from polyamide material, early examples being in a plum color while the current models are purely black.
We have added a new section on the Romanian AK-74 bayonet, in hopes of presenting better identification details on this very desirable model.