Original U.S. WWI M1905 Springfield 16 inch Rifle Bayonet marked S.A. with M3 Scabbard - dated 1911
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition U.S. M1905 bayonet dated 1911, originally made before WWI for the M1903 Springfield Rifle. It was then reissued in WWII for the M1 Garand Rifle, and 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the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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, however this example still retains the 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 also still has the original "bright" finish on the blade, and was not blued in 1917 when the specification was changed or parkerized when reissued.
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 1911. The other side of the ricasso is marked with U.S. above serial number 484558. The blade is in good shape with just a bit of staining and peppering from age. It has been sharpened, and there are numerous small nicks on the edge from use. The original wooden grips are in good condition with a great color, and both sides show traces of the original "ribbed" surface finish.
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 retains some of the original finish, with a nice worn patina. The body is has some wear, but nothing major, with no cracks or large chips in the fiberglass, and only has a few spots of finish wear.
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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