Steve, you should have talked to me first. I'm very well-versed with the 91/30 and all her excentricities, including the "stiff" bayonet. They weren't supposed to be removed unless the soldier was riding in a vehicle; e.g. why I've never put mine on all the way.
Also, go over to Gun&Game.com Mosin Nagant Forum and read... and read... and read. There's so much information on that forum that you could become a veritable expert just from sitting at your computer. Feel free to join up, too... there's a reason it's held it's moniker of "The Friendliest Gun Forum On The Internet" and has been #1 on GunnyApproved.com since about October, 2006!