Original U.S. WWII M1942 Garand 16" Bayonet by American Fork & Hoe with M3 Scabbard - dated 1943
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition U.S. M1942 bayonet for the M1 Garand Rifle, complete with the correct WWII Issue M3 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the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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 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 blade still has more than 80% of the original finish present, with a nicely arsenal sharpened edge, showing only light use overall. The edge is still quite sharp. The hilt finish is almost entirely intact, with wear on the edges, and a set of very nice lightly worn plastic grips.
The original M3 scabbard is marked U.S. on the parkerized steel throat over the "Flaming Bomb", and is in good used 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 scabbard body is good shape, but does show overall light wear to the finish. The throat has some of the original parkerized finish, but is mostly now a brownish patina, with no real rust or other damage.
An excellent 16” M1942 Garand bayonet with original scabbard by American fork and Hoe! 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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