Item:
ONSV5672

Original U.S. WWI M1905 Springfield 16 inch Rifle Bayonet with M1910 Scabbard - dated 1918

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a true good Condition 16” WWI M1905 Springfield rifle bayonet by Springfield Armory, complete with an M1910 Scabbard. It is dated 1918, being made during the WWI period for the M1903 Springfield rifle. It is still in the original issued configuration, with the blued steel 16 inch blade, blued handle and cross guard, and wooden grip scales.

The WWII-era M1 Garand was designed to take the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of WWII, many were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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, and does not appear to have been reissued for WWII use.

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 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 serial number 930133, while the "U.S." marking has been rusted away.  The blade is in good shape, however it definitely has some rust-related degradation, particularly on the ricasso. It looks like the bayonet was stored in a scabbard for a long time, which let the hilt and ricasso get exposed to moisture, which led to pitting on this area, and over a good part of the handle and cross guard. The wooden grips however seem to have fared better, and even have a good deal of their original ribbed texture.

The scabbard looks to be a well-made recent reproduction, probably one made in the last 10 years. It has the correct rawhide covered inner wood scabbard, with a canvas sleeve over that, which is attached to a belt hanger clip.

A goodexample of the 16” WWI M1905 Springfield rifle bayonet by SA, complete with scabbard! Ready to display or fit on your Springfield 1903 Rifle.

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