Original U.S. WWI M1917 Enfield Rifle Bayonet by Remington with WWII Fiberglass Scabbard for Trench Shotgun
Original Item: Only One Available. The M1917 bayonet was designed to be used with the US M1917 Enfield .30 caliber rifle, as well as with the seven different U.S. trench shotguns. The blade is 17 inches (43.18 cm) long. The M1917 Enfield was the U.S. Version of the British P-14 rifle, and the bayonets used are identical, down to the double groove in the grips, used to differentiate the bayonets from the P-1907 for the SMLE rifle.
This bayonet is marked 1917 over REMINGTON in a circle on the ricasso. The reverse has the Ordnance "Flaming Bomb" over U.S., along with an Eagle / 28 inspection stamp. The wood grips are in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks we can see. The finish on the blade is worn, with some traces of past pitting, indicating the long service life of a bayonet that may have seen service in two world wars.
The bayonet comes with a WWII-Issue scabbard, with a fiberglass body and metal throat, which is marked: U.S. - M1917 / B.A. INC.. This model scabbard was based on the M3 scabbard for the M-1942 Garand Bayonet. The slightly longer blade length of the M-1917 bayonet was handled using the same body as the M3 scabbard but with a longer metal throat. These were made by various subsidiaries of Beckwith Manufacturing, which made large numbers of fiberglass scabbards for knives and bayonets during the war. The B.A. marking is for Beckwith-Arden Inc. in Massachusetts. The scabbard is in very good condition, with very little wear to the scabbard body, which still has a great olive drab color. The throat has suffered some light corrosion, which has resulted in the loss of most of the finish.
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, which continued to be used through WWII.
The U.S. continued to use the Word War I-made M1917 bayonets during World War II because of 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, as well as some M1917 Enfield rifles retained for sniper use.
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