Original U.S. WWII M1942 16" Garand Rifle Bayonet by Utica Cutlery with M3 Scabbard - dated 1942
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition U.S. M1942 bayonet for the M1 Garand Rifle, complete with the correct WWII Issue M3 fiberglass scabbard. Technically, this bayonet is considered an M1905 bayonet by the U.S. Army, manufactured in 1942 with plastic ribbed grips. The M1 Garand rifle 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the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles. To keep up with Wartime production, new orders were placed for a version of the M1905 bayonet with plastic grips, and collectors use the designation M1942 for these bayonets, made from 1942 to 1943. Six civilian firms produced 1,540,578 M1905 bayonets from April 1942 to May 1943.
After this, the specification 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.
The blade ricasso is marked with maker U C (Utica Cutlery) above U.S. around the Ordnance flaming bomb. Below this is the manufacture date of 1942. The reverse ricasso has a faint U.S. Ordnance crossed cannons proof mark. The finish on the bayonet and handle is parkerized, so it was most likely arsenal refinished at some point. However the blade and handle are in excellent condition, with original factory grind marks, and minimal sharpening. The plastic grips are also in really great condition, with almost no wear. Probably reissued for Korea, this bayonet did not see much field use at all.
The original M3 scabbard is marked U.S. on the parkerized steel throat over the "Flaming Bomb", and is in good 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 finish on the throat is worn to a lovely patina, with no real rust. The scabbard body has no cracks or major chips, though there are some nicks and scrapes on the edges. The original paint is still almost completely intact.
A very nice clean 16” M1942 Garand bayonet with original scabbard by Utica Cutlery! Ready to display or fit on your Garand Rifle.
Blade Length: 16"
Blade Style: Single Edged with Fuller
Overall length: 20 1/2“
Crossguard: 3 1/2”
Scabbard Length: 17"
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