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It was MACV70 who has kindly shared with us these pictures of the rather uncommon (or even rare) "first model" M 1938 folding bayonet, with the latch lock.
Its successor, the much more common second model, has a push-button lock. Third and fourth model have fixed blades.

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MACV70
Posted - 05/25/2004 : 12:00:42 PM
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I found this M38 Carcano "First Type, Prototype, Folding" bayonet with side release at Houston last weekend (see Page 50, THE CARCANO, Richard Hobbs, for drawing and description). I do not know the value of this variation but I do know the Second Types go for over $125.

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Makes a nice companion to my recently acquired M38 Terni Carcano. Also bought a very good Third Type fixed blade bayonet at the same show. I did not see any decent Italian rifles or carbines although the well used 7.9mm's conversions were there.



MACV70
Posted - 05/27/2004 : 6:05:48 PM
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(...) my offer of $60 was quickly accepted by the seller so he was happy and I was happy!



BradB
Posted - 05/29/2004 : 11:16:07 PM
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The latch-lock bayonets were a standard production version and not a prototype. However, they are hard to find in good condition, and CERTAINLY do not go at that price. NICE FIND AND A GREAT BAYONET!
 
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