Original U.S. WWI & WWII M1905 Springfield 16" Rifle Bayonet marked S.A. with WWII M3 Scabbard - dated 1910
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition U.S. M1905 bayonet dated 1910, originally made during the Pre WWI period for the M1903 Springfield Rifle, which was then reissued in WWII for the M1 Garand Rifle.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the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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 one of 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 was however updated to the WWII Era "parkerized" phosphate finish.
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 1910. The other side of the ricasso is marked with U.S. above serial number 174297. The blade is in great shape with a nice edge, with the expected wear from use and long service. There are a few tiny edge nicks as well as some past oxidation, but nothing major. The remaining wooden grip scale is also in very nice condition, with a great color, and a good amount of the original factory ribbed texture remaining. The replacement plastic grip shows some wear, but is solid.
The original M3 scabbard is marked U.S. on the parkerized steel throat over the "Flaming Bomb", and is in excellent condition. The VP marking on the underside of the metal throat lip indicates manufacture by the Victory Plastics, who owned Beckwith Manufacturing. They produced a variety of thermoplastic impregnated cotton fabric scabbards during the war. The throat and body of this scabbard are in quite nice condition, with minimal wear, and just a few scrapes and scratches from storage. We rarely see M3 scabbards this nice.
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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