Original U.S. Pre-WWII M1905 Springfield 16" Rifle Bayonet marked S.A. with M3 Scabbard - dated 1919

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition U.S. M1905 bayonet dated 1906, originally made before WWI for the M1903 Springfield Rifle. It was then updated and reissued in WWII for the M1 Garand Rifle. It is fitted with a WWII Issue M3 fiberglass scabbard. The Garand was designed to take the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles. Later in 1942 to keep up with wartime production, new orders for M1905 bayonets were placed, which had plastic ribbed grips. These were also sometimes fitted to M1905 bayonets made previously that had damage to their wooden grips, however this example still has the original grips.

In 1943, the specification for bayonets was changed to have a 10 inch blade, and many M1905 bayonets were shortened to this length. This bayonet however is still in the original configuration, which is rare to find on the market today. It looks to still have the original WWI Era blued finish, and was not parkerized for WWII

The blade ricasso is marked with SA for the Springfield Armory in Springfield Mass, the primary center for the manufacture of United States military firearms from 1777 until its closing in 1968. Below this is the Ordnance flaming bomb and date of manufacture 1919. The other side of the ricasso is marked with U.S. above serial number 1098903. The blade is in excellent condition, with a great finish and minimal sharpening. The original grips are also quite good, still showing a good deal of the original factory "Ribbed" texture.

The original M3 Fiberglass scabbard is marked U.S. on the parkerized steel throat over the "Flaming Bomb", and is in very condition. The V P marking on the underside of the metal throat lip indicates manufacture by Victory Plastics, a division of Beckwith Manufacturing, who produced a variety of fiberglass scabbards during the war. The throat is in great shape, and most of the paint on the fiberglass body is still present, though it doe show wear through in places.

A very nice 16” Pre-WWI M1905 Springfield rifle bayonet by SA, reissued for use in WWII! Ready to display or fit on your Garand or Springfield Rifle.

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