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 Post subject: Turkish GEW 88 Bayonet
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:08 am 
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I recently picked up a Turkish Gew 88. Under the handguard it says 7.92 on the barrel.

The picture below is not mine but from the internet. I used it as reference because it looks exactly like mine and mine has a date of 1936.

My main question is what is the proper bayonet for this rifle? I have a Turkish Ersatz bayo but not sure if it would have been issued with the Gew 88 or something else.

Also, would it be safe to assume it is .323?? DocAV??

Thanks in advance!

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Any Turk Mauser bayonet would be right and could have been issued with it once it was rebuilt.

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Hi Michael

These do take the spitzer 8mm (.323)
There is alot of talk about if you can fire commercial 8x57 or miltary surplus in these old girls but i just use reduced reloads.
Good enough to hear it go bang. They are old receivers after all.

As for the bayonets, I have a Turk 1935 bayonet which fits on my Khale but does not fit on my Turked 88 for some reason due to the
bayonet lug on the rifle. The lug may need a little work .

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Thanks for all the info. I know mine has the modified receiver with the notch for the spritzer bullets and such . . . I just like to get second opinions :)

Anyone have a good load using 4064, 4895??

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Here's a good place to start for load data:
http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/

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The rifle in the photo will have a Czech made .323 93 Mauser barrel that was put on by the Turks . The "Notch" was done during the older German 88/05 conversion and has nothing to do with spitzer bullets . A good place to start with I-4064 would be the Hornady 150 with 44.5 grains and the Hornady 170 with 43 .0 .


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Thanks slowbob, I'll start slow and see what my chrony says!

I should have my Turkish Ersatz bayo the first of next week. I hope it fits on the rifle!

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I got my bayonet and it fits perfect. The link to the auction is below. My question is, why would they call it "ersatz"? Is it fake or truly of inferior production?

Just looking for some insight on this bayonet versus a German surplus one that was reworked by the Turks.

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/611550163

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http://www.old-smithy.info/

Here is a link to a good site for identification. The Turks had quite a few variations.


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Another good site for info:

http://worldbayonets.com/Bayonet_Identification_Guide/Turkey/turkey_2.html

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