Item:
ON1639

Original U.S. WWI M1905 Springfield 16 inch Rifle Bayonet by Springfield Armory with M3 Scabbard - dated 1918

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition U.S. M1905 bayonet dated 1918, originally made towards the end of WWI for the M1903 Springfield Rifle, which was then reissued in WWII for the M1 Garand Rifle.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the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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. It was however refinished with the WWII type phosphate "Parkerized" finish.

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 1918. The other side of the ricasso is marked with U.S. above serial number 1040796.  The blade is in great shape with a nice edge, and little major wear. The wooden grip scales are also in very nice condition, though one was replaced at arsenal when it was re-finished.

The original M3 Fiberglass scabbard is marked U.S. on the steel throat, and is in good condition. The throat has seen a good amount of wear to the finish, but structurally it is solid. The scabbard body has no cracks or major chips, and the paint only shows minor wear and discoloration.

A very nice clean 16” 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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