Original U.S. WWII M1942 Garand 16 inch Bayonet by Union Fork & Hoe with M3 Scabbard - dated 1942
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice 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the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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. F. H. (Union Fork & Hoe of Columbus, Ohio) above U.S. around the Ordnance flaming bomb. Below this is the manufacture date of 1942. The reverse ricasso has traces of the crossed cannon ordnance proof. The parkerized finish on the bayonet is unfortunately almost completely worn off, with just traces left. Most likely years of cleaning and polishing removed it over the decades. The bayonet has been sharpened somewhat, but not enough to alter the shape of the blade..
The original M3 Fiberglass scabbard is marked U.S. on the parkerized steel throat over the "Flaming Bomb", and is in very good condition. There are no other markings on the scabbard. The parkerized finish on the throat is mostly gone, and there is just a bit of corrosion. The scabbard body has no cracks or major chips, though it has been repainted at least once, which has been scratched off in some places.
A very nice clean 16” M1942 Garand bayonet with original scabbard by Union fork and Hoe! Ready to display or fit on your Garand Rifle.
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