Original U.S. Vietnam War M7 Bayonet with Experimental 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 aluminum 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.
This example is offered in excellent condition the M7 bayonet is marked BOC for Bauer Ordnance Co. The M8A1 scabbard is marked TWB for the Philadelphia Home for Working Blind. The "TWB" marking was used 1969-1970 to represent the Working Home's corporate name, The Working Blind, Inc. Scabbard is also stenciled in black paint 596.
Overall a very interesting unique U.S. fighting knife dating from the Vietnam War.
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