Spanish Destroyers Carbine with Bayonet Lugs

Here are some images of a Destroyer Carbine with a bayonet mount. The current owner did not make this modification, but reports that a standard Mauser bayonet fits it perfectly. In the third picture you can just make out the hole in the bayonet mount used to secure it to a Mauser stock and the screw added at the bottom to now secure it to the Destroyer stock. You can also make out the outline of the Mauser front barrel band where the bluing has worn. This leads me to believe this is an 'aftermarket' modification, apparently well done though.
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Here is some information from the owner of antoher one....

OK, I'll have to borow my friends cam today and take some for you. I've seen the pictures of the destroyers with the bayonet lug from a Mauser added on, but this is totaly different.

The front barrel band has been machined differently, it has a lug underneath and pointing back. I took it apart last night, thinking that someone soldered it on, but it's machined from a solid piece of steel. The only markings on the ring itself is a big X, stamped right in the bottom right corner of the front of the band itself. I have a mauser 98 bayonet, it doesnt come close to fitting.

Another strange thing is that the gun has no year date code on it. It only has the final proof marks,and another big square box, which looks like a shield, with an X in it. That comes first, then the final proof, then a big Y with a star on top of it. Serial number is written like this " No 21414". It has the standard 9m/m Bergmann right behind it.

The butt plate is also different, it is like a winchester, it has a tab that comes up over the top, with a screw down from the top and one big screw in form the bottom back as well. The plate itself is made very thick metal, and wood to plate is perfect, not like most destroyers.

I've had several of these guns over the years,and really enjoy them, although ammo is very hard to get here. This one also, by far, has the best wood and finish of all. It has a beutiful piece of walnut.

Oh,by the way, single screw in the trigger gaurd.

Thanks for the help, I'll get you some pics this afternoon


Here are my opinions on this rifle from what I have seen so far.

The 'Y' with a star above it is a Year of Proof Code for 1953, which tells us that the rifle was submitted for proof in 1953 and more than likely manufactured sometime before that. This, serial number, and the one screw trigger guard agree with data I have collected on other Destroyer Carbines.

The two stamps before the Year of Proof Code are the Late Eibar Admission to Proof stamp (used after 9 July, 1931) and a Final Proof for Rifled Long Guns.

Now on to the bayonet lug and butt plate. It appears to me that both the butt plate and the barrel band/bayonet lug are actually from a Montserrat Carbine. The barrel band/bayonet lug looks like some of the rear of the band was removed to fit it to the already inletted Destroyer Stock and screw holes drilled in the sides to match the holes in the Destroyer stock. I cannot see any screws in the picture I have of a Montserrat barrel band/bayonet lug, I can only assume that it screws on from the front. The butt plate appears that it may be from a Montserrat also.

Here are the pictures he sent me (click on the thumbnail for a better view.

















Here are some pictures of a Montserrat barrel band/bayonet lug and butt plate.



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