Papoea Korps Bayonet

To be fixed on the Papoea Korps FN-Mauser

Papoea Korps FN-Mauser Bayonet  (J. Maddox collection)

In 1948 the Dutch tried to gain new 10.000 M1 Jungle Carbines for their Dutch East-indies colonies from the US, however the US state Department refused to sell these because of political reasons. The Dutch then decided to buy FN-Mausers instead. FN delivered a total of approx. 40.000 FN-Mausers to the A.L.S. (Algemeen Landbouw Syndicaat), I.O.B. (Indische Ondernemings Bond) and O.W. (Ondernemings Wachten). These were all Dutch Police Units During the occupation of the Dutch East-Indies.

During the 60's The Dutch Company called Artillerie Inrichtingen "Hembrug" modified 2700 FN-Mausers to the 7.62 NATO Caliber to be issued for the Papoea-police (Papoea Volunteers Korps or PVK) in former Dutch New Guinea. This is why it was called the Popoea Korps Carbine/Bayonet. One of the changes the Dutch made was to modify the bayonet adapter in order to fix a Dutch made bayonet. this was the Papoea Korps Bayonet made by the Dutch company Artillerie Inrichtingen (AI) "Hembrug".

The Papoea Korps bayonet has a strong resemblance to the later AR-10 bayonet. this was because the Artellerie Inrichtingen used this design for their AR-10 project. The way you can easily identify a Papoea Korps from an AR-10 bayonet is the fact that the Papoea Korps pommel is much larger then the AR-10 bayonet. 


Left: the large pommel of the PK FN-Mauser bayonet.
Right: the AI marking on the ricasso.

The Papoea Korps Bayonets are considered very scarce by collectors.

Overall Length: 315 mm
Blade Length: 191 mm
Muzzle Ring Diameter: 16 mm

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