Item:
ON10675

Original U.S. WWI M1917 Enfield British P1913 Overstamp Bayonet by Remington with Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. At the start of WWI the British adopted the P-1914 Enfield rifle, which was made in the United States in .303 caliber, together with its sword bayonet designated by the British as the P-1913. Once the Americans joined the war in 1917 it was found that there was a great shortage of bayonets for their .30-06 Enfield rifle, known as the M1917. The rifle was identical to the P1914, except chambered for the U.S. .30-06 cartridge.

This resulted in the War Department in Washington helping themselves to British marked P-13 bayonets awaiting shipment to Europe. These seized bayonets were then "sanitized", had the British marking X-ed out and U.S. marking super imposed in their place.

Here is such an example, made by REMINGTON ARMS CO, still showing P-1913 and the manufacture date of 5 17 with the British acceptance marked crossed out and surcharged U.S.. This rare bayonet comes in its Original steel mounted green leather M1917 scabbard, complete with hooks to attach to the U.S. Army waist belt.

The bayonet overall has a dull finish, uncleaned except where the markings are, ready to finish the cleaning and/or display as is!

The M1917 bayonet was used first during World War I by American soldiers on the Western Front. A sword bayonet design, the M1917 bayonet design was based on the British P1907 bayonet, which incorporated a long 17-inch blade. While designed primarily for the M1917 rifle the bayonet was fitted for use on all the "trench" shotguns at the time.

The M1917 was used frequently during the several different Banana Wars.

The U.S. continued to use the Word War I-made M1917 bayonets during World War II because of the large stockpiles left over. The new Trench Guns being procured and issued were still designed to use the old M1917 bayonet.

The bayonet was again called on during the Korean War for issue with the various Trench guns still in service.

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