Rifleman Q&A: Socket-Style Bayonet Mount

posted on June 17, 2022
Socket-Style Bayonet Mount rusty metal steel iron musket carbine parts

Q: I have in my possession what appears to be an early 19th century bayonet with an offset, socket-type fixture for mounting. It measures roughly 20¾"-long, and the spike-type blade measures roughly 17½". When did the U.S. employ this type of fixture?

A: Your bayonet has a rotating locking ring to hold it in place. This feature was introduced on U.S. bayonets in 1835. Before that, they were just held in place by friction. Sometimes they were locked to a stud on the bottom part of the barrel or sometimes they were locked to the front sight, which had a square-shaped base for this purpose. The style of this locking ring on your bayonet was introduced in the early 1850s.

The shape of your blade where the “U.S.” is stamped and the style of locking band are pretty much standard from the Model of 1855 and newer. There are minor variations for the many models of U.S. muskets and rifles, so I can’t be certain of the exact gun for which your bayonet was made.

—Michael F. Carrick, Contributing Editor


A5 Gotw Browning
A5 Gotw Browning

Gun Of The Week: Browning A5 Wicked Wing

Watch American Rifleman staff on the range this week to learn about an iconic Browning shotgun, but this one is dressed specifically for the modern era, wearing synthetic furniture, covered by a unique camouflage treatment and revamped internally for generations of use.

The Armed Citizen® June 2, 2023

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

2023 Ammunition Product Of The Year: Remington Core-Lokt Tipped

Remington Ammunition’s Core-Lokt bullets have been counted on by hunters to reliably take game for more than 80 years.

Remembering The Remington 700 At FTW Ranch

Remington seems to have risen from the ashes, and a new company has emerged under the RemArms name, but before the lights went out at Remington's Custom Shop, American Rifleman contributor Craig Boddington joined industry professionals at FTW Ranch to put its rifles through the rigors of intense field work.

Henry Donates To Border Patrol Foundation

Henry Repeating Arms supports Border Patrol Foundation (BPF) with funds to help the organization’s mission to honor the memory of fallen U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Rifleman Review: Smith & Wesson CSX

Smith & Wesson's CSX is a different take on the micro-compact 9 mm Luger-chambered pistol concept, one that will appeal to fans of more traditionally built and styled handguns.


Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.