Original U.S. Pre-WWII M1905 Springfield Rifle 16 inch Bayonet by RIA with M3 Scabbard - dated 1919
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 This is a very good condition U.S. M1905 bayonet dated 1919, originally made for the M1903 Springfield Rifle, which was then reissued in WWII for the M1 Garand Rifle.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the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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 429445. The blued finish on the blade and handle is almost completely intact, and the edge has not been sharpened. The blade is in great shape, though there is light denting on the spine, and a few edge dents. The plastic grip scales are excellent.
The original M3 Fiberglass scabbard is marked U.S. on the parkerized steel throat over the "Flaming Bomb", and is in very good condition. The B N marking on the underside of the metal throat lip indicates manufacture by Beckwith Manufacturing, who produced a variety of fiberglass scabbards during the war. The N is for New England Pressed Steel, who made the steel throats under contract with Beckwith. The throat and body of this scabbard are in quite nice condition, with minimal wear, and just a bit of chipping on the end.
A very nice clean 16” M1905 Springfield rifle bayonet by RIA, reissued for use in WWII! Ready to display or fit on your Garand or Springfield Rifle.
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