Item:
ONJR23MJ044

Original U.S. WWII M1942 Garand Rifle 16 inch Bayonet by PAL with M3 Scabbard - dated 1943

Item Description

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 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the same blade bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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 PAL (Pal Blade and Tool) above U.S. around the Ordnance flaming bomb. Below this is the manufacture date of 1943, which is not partly covered by the cross guard like you usually see them, as they were marked prior to assembly and hardening. The blade still has most of the original parkerized finish and does not appear to have been sharpened. It may have been re-parkerized at the arsenal during the war. The hilt finish and grip scales are both in very good condition with light service wear, and a functional latch.

The original M3 scabbard is marked U.S. on the parkerized steel throat over the "Flaming Bomb", and is in very good condition with minor surface oxidation. 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 is in good condition.

A very nice 16” M1942 Garand bayonet by PAL with original scabbard! Ready to display or fit on your Garand Rifle.

Specifications:
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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