Original U.S. WWII M1942 16-inch Garand Rifle Bayonet by Oneida Limited 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the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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. Of these, only 250,000 were made by Oneida, making this a very desirable maker.
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 O L (Oneida, Limited) 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 phosphate finish on the blade and handle is in excellent condition, with the expected wear of age. There does not seem to be any sign of post-arsenal sharpening.
The original M3 Fiberglass scabbard is marked U.S. on the parkerized steel throat over the "Flaming Bomb", and is in excellent condition. The V P / 3 marking indicates manufacture by Victory Plastics, a division of Beckwith Manufacturing. They manufactured the majority of M3 Scabbards used during the war. The finish on the throat is excellent, with just a little wear and areas of oxidation. The scabbard body has no cracks or chips, with almost no wear to the paint.
An excellent clean 16” M1942 Garand bayonet with original scabbard by Oneida Limited! Ready to display or fit on your Garand Rifle.
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