Item:
ONSV5789

Original U.S. WWI & WWII M1905 Springfield 16" Rifle Bayonet marked S.A. with WWII M3 Scabbard - dated 1908

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition U.S. M1905 bayonet dated 1908, originally made before WWI for the M1903 Springfield Rifle, which was then reissued in WWII for the M1 Garand Rifle.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 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the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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 still appears to have the original WWI blued finish, and was not parkerized for use in WWII.

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 1908. The other side of the ricasso is marked with U.S. above serial number 309580.  The blade is in great shape with a nice edge, though it does look like it was arsenal refurbished before issue in WWI, which is why it is now fully blued. The blade shows some use, and has a few small edge nicks. The wooden grip scales are also in very nice condition, with a great color, and a good amount of the original factory ribbed texture remaining.

The original M3 scabbard is marked U.S. on the parkerized steel throat over the "Flaming Bomb", and is in excellent condition. The B N marking on the underside of the metal throat lip indicates manufacture by Beckwith Manufacturing, who produced a variety of thermoplastic impregnated cotton fabric scabbards during the war. The N is for New England Pressed Steel, who made the steel throats under contract with Beckwith. The throat and body of this scabbard look to have been arsenal refurbished at some point, as the green on the body is almost new looking, and the throat has a very heavy parkerized finish.

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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