Original U.S. Vietnam War M7 Bayonet with Experimental Brass Knuckle Guard and M8A1 Scabbard
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This experimental bayonet fighting knife began life an M7 bayonet for use with a the U.S. M16 rifle. However, a one-piece cast brass grip panel with integrated knuckle duster guard was added in theater to create a dual purpose bayonet and close combat handheld weapon. This were very popular among USGIs in Vietnam but only very few were ever issued. Furthermore, brass examples are extremely rare. They continued to appear occasionally into the 1980s.
This example is offered in very good condition, with a VERY sharp blade. The bayonet crossguard is marked U.S. M7 / CONETTA on the blade side, indicating manufacture by Conetta Manufacturing Company of Stamford, Conn., The M8A1 scabbard is marked PWH for the Philadelphia Home for Working Blind. Later on this company marked scabbards with "TWB" in 1969-1970 to represent the Working Home's corporate name, The Working Blind, Inc.
The bayonet is in very good condition, with just a bit of surface rust. The blade still shows the original machining marks, and has been arsenal sharpened, and is still VERY sharp. The handle is in great shape, though the blade tang is somewhat loose. The scabbard shows a bit more wear, with the throat missing most of the finish due to cleaning. Also the retaining strap snap has popped off one side, so it is no longer functional, but could be repaired.
Overall a very interesting unique U.S. fighting knife dating from the Vietnam War. Ready to display!
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