View Full Version : Need the correct rifle...

August 17, 2009, 05:41 PM
I have a French M1874 Gras Bayonet, signed and dated 1879. I wanted to see if anyone could tell me the name of the rifle that this bayonet fits on. My father got it from a German soldier when the soldier surrendered to him towards the end of the Battle of the Bulge. I would love to see it reunited with its original style rifle.

Jim Watson
August 17, 2009, 06:24 PM
Do you reckon it would go on an 1874 Gras rifle?

A German using a French rifle already obsolete by WW I in the Battle of the Bulge was really hurting for a weapon. Maybe he was just using the bayonet as a knife.

August 17, 2009, 08:13 PM
As far as I know, the German was not using the bayonet but got it off a French soldier when they surrendered (or just stole it). I didn't realize that bayonets were named for the guns they were associated with. Thanks. Are those style guns still around or am I delegated to forever search antique stores and E-Bay?

August 18, 2009, 07:28 PM
[the German was not using the bayonet but got it off a French soldier when they surrendered ]

Niiiice - a bayonet, that was dropped only once ! ;) :D :D


Jim Watson
August 18, 2009, 07:39 PM
E-Bay does not trust you with a gun.
Shop Gunbroker and Auctionarms.
I see a couple for $600+

4V50 Gary
August 18, 2009, 09:18 PM
The gun was originally a chassepot that was subsequently modified to fire metallic cartridges. BTW, we've one where I play curator. Can you post a pic of the bayonet?

August 19, 2009, 10:31 PM
Here are some pictures of the bayonet I have. I checked out some rifles on Gunbroker.com and there are some possibilities there.

August 20, 2009, 12:15 PM
I have one just like it.

I honestly never seriously considered getting a rifle to go with the bayonet. Usually, it's the other way around for me. :D