Sciabola-baionetta Modello 1891

Sword-bayonet Model 1891

The Sciabola-baionetta Modello 91 (Sword-bayonet Model 1891) was the most common bayonet among Italian troops during the Second World War. The bayonet was introduced in 1891 for use on the Carcano Modello 1891 Fucile (Carcano model 1891 Rifle) and in later years became the standard bayonet for the Carcano Modello 91/41 Fucile (Carcano model 91/41 Rifle) and the Moschetto per Truppe Speciali (Carbine of Special Troops) after discontinuing the original Special Troops bayonet locking system.
The bayonet has wooden grips, which are attached by two pins, and is locked on the gun by a ring (around the barrel) and a pressure mechanism (with the exception of post-war variations). The total length of the bayonet (without scabbard) is 41cm.

There are four types of bayonet scabbards for this bayonet (except for post-war variations):
1: A black leather scabbard with brass
2: A black leather scabbard with steel
3: An all-metal black scabbard with grooves
4: An all-metal smooth black scabbard
All these scabbard have a button for attachment to the leather bayonet frog.

Sources:
Le uniformi metropolitane del Regio Esercito dalla riforma Baistrocchi all’inizio della Guerra Mondiale 1933-1940; S. Coccia; 2005

Sciabola-baionetta Modello 1891
Sciabola-baionetta Modello 91 con il fodero in cuoio
Sword-bayonet Model 1891 with a black leather scabbard with brass


This example is manufactured by Brescia and has production number LM6135. The sheath is marked on the leather with S.A.M. Bosco 1936.
Sciabola-baionetta Modello 1891
Sciabola-baionetta Modello 91 con il fodero metallico
Sword-bayonet Model 1891 with an all-metal black scabbard with grooves


This example has no maker mark and has serial number EE6123.
Sciabola-baionetta Modello 91 da Moschetto per Truppe Speciali
Sciabola-baionetta Modello 91 da Moschetto per Truppe Speciali
Sword-bayonet Model 1891 Carbine of Special Troops