Original U.S. WWII M1942 Garand 16" Bayonet by Oneida Limited with M3 Scabbard - dated 1942
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the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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. 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 of Oneida, New York) above U.S. around the Ordnance flaming bomb. Below this is the manufacture date of 1942. The blade still has more than 80% of the original finish present, with a bit of scuffing from sharpening on one side of the blade. The hilt finish is almost entirely intact, with wear on the edges, and a set of almost new looking ribbed plastic grips.
The original M3 scabbard is marked U.S. on the parkerized steel throat over the "Flaming Bomb", and is in very 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 scabbard body is in great shape, with little wear of any kind, and the throat is also very nice, with much of the original parkerized finish present, with a bit of oxidation. The throat also looks to have been painted black at one time, but that is now almost entirely gone.
An excellent and rare 16” M1942 Garand bayonet with original scabbard by Oneida Limited! 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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