Original U.S. Pre-WWII M1905 Springfield Rifle 16 inch Bayonet by RIA with M3 Scabbard - dated 1919

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition U.S. M1905 bayonet dated 1919, originally made for the M1903 Springfield Rifle, which was then reissued in WWII for the M1 Garand Rifle.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the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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 with plastic grips were sent out, which had plastic ribbed grips. These were also sometimes fitted to M1905 bayonets made previously that had damage to their wooden grips. This bayonet however still has its original wooden 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.

The blade ricasso is marked with RIA for the Rock Island Arsenal on Arsenal Island near Rock Island Illinois. 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 424789. The finish on the blade and handle is mostly worn away, leaving a nice gray steel patina. The blade is in great shape with a nice edge, and little major wear. The wooden grip scales are also in very nice condition.

The original M3 Fiberglass scabbard is marked U.S. on the parkerized steel throat, and is in very good condition. A good amount of the finish on the throat is intact, with just a bit of corrosion and wear. The scabbard body has no cracks or major chips, and the paint only shows minor wear and discoloration.

A very nice clean 16” M1905 Springfield rifle bayonet by RIA, reissued for use in WW2! Ready to display or fit on your Garand or Springfield Rifle.

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