Original U.S. WWII M1 Garand 10 inch Cut Down Bayonet by American Fork & Hoe with M7 Scabbard - dated 1943
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice condition M1905/1942 U.S. bayonet with a 10 inch cut-down blade for the M1 Garand Rifle, complete with the correct WWII Issue M7 scabbard. In 1943, the U.S. Army made the decision to shorten the M1905 bayonet's blade to 10 inches (25.4 cm) and as many of the M1905 and M1942 bayonets as possible were recalled, their blades were cut down to size, and were reissued. These shortened M1905 bayonets were re-designated as M1905E1.
The U.S. Army also introduced a new purpose made shorter M1 bayonet which was designed to be used with the M1 Garand rifle. The M1 bayonet's blade is 10 inches (25.4 cm) long and the handle is 4 inches (10.1 cm) long. Like this example, they are easily identified by the blade fuller, which on a cut-down version runs to the edge of the blade, such as the blade on this example.
These shorter bayonets functioned well in the European theater, where in the rare bayonet-actions of the time they were matched up against the 9 3/4 inch long blade of the German S84/98 III bayonet fitted on the Karabiner 98k rifle. However, in the Pacific theater, the Japanese used the much longer, 15.75 inches (40.0 cm), bladed Type 30 sword bayonet on the already very long Arisaka rifle, which caused many American troops to retain the longer, unmodified M1905 bayonet.
This example is in very good shape, but does show wear from use and cleaning. The blade ricasso is marked with maker A. F. H. (American Fork & Hoe of Geneva, Ohio) above U.S. around the Ordnance flaming bomb. Below this is the manufacture date of 1943. The original parkerized finish on the blade is partly worn away, showing use and wear after being cut down. The tip area is almost completely devoid of finish, while the ricasso has almost full finish, and the hilt has a good amount of finish as well. The original plastic grips are present and in good condition, showing light scratches and scrapes from service.
The original M7 scabbard is marked U.S. on the parkerized steel throat over the "Flaming Bomb", and is in good condition. The VP marking on the underside of the metal throat lip indicates manufacture by Victory Plastics, who produced a variety of thermoplastic impregnated cotton fabric scabbards during the war. The scabbard body has no cracks or major chips, and looks to have a late or post war refinished body. There is just a bit of wear through to the original finish, and no sign of major damage.
A very nice 10” cut down M1 Garand bayonet with scabbard by American Fork & Hoe, complete with scabbard! Ready to display or fit on your Garand Rifle.
Blade Length: 9 5/8"
Blade Style: Single Edged with Fuller
Overall length: 14 1/8“
Crossguard: 3 1/2”
Scabbard Length: 11 1/4"
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