Bayonet dating

Cugir had a long tradition in weapons manufacture (since the end of the 18th century).During WW II Cugir arsenal was named "Uzinele Metalurgice Copsa Mica-Cugir" (in Romanian language), which can be translated as "The Metallurgic Plants Copsa Mica-Cugir (Information on Cugir via )During German Occupation the Germans supplied the puppet Slovak government with Czech made bayonets, these are marked with a mark similar to the Czech marking but using a stamp with 3 hills with a cross on it, later versions do not have the numbers either side of this stamp.A shorter version of the 23 can be found with a length of 384mm as opposed to the 540mm of the long blade version.Collectors call the two versions the VZ23 Long and VZ23 short respectively.This further complicates the identification of users etc.

It is thought that when necessary the Czech's supplied the Belgians with weapons to help complete orders, even though they were in direct competition for the same contracts.My idea would be that Czechoslovakia only came into being after WWI so there would have been a lot of early production to build up supplies, after this production would be slow or non existent, remember the late 20's saw the great depression, which lasted well into the 30's - part of the reason Hitler came to power - it would only be in the late 30's as Germany was seen as a threat that production would be restarted to refill warehouses or increase the size of the army, this may well account for the non availability of some years.MARKINGSCzech manufactured models are stamped with a ricasso mark CSZ over a letter.This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by contributors (read/edit).Text is available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license; additional terms may apply.

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