Original U.S. WWII Unissued M3 Scabbard by Victory Plastics For 16 Inch M1942 Bayonet - Scabbard Only
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a lovely, unissued condition, M3 scabbard for the U.S. M1942 bayonet for the M1 Garand Rifle. Technically, the M1942 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to take the same bayonet as the M1903 Springfield rifle, so at the beginning of the war they were issued with bayonets originally made for those rifles.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 with matching length scabbard. This M3 scabbard is the original 16 inch M3.
This original M3 scabbard is marked U.S. on the steel throat over the "Flaming Bomb", and is in very, near mint condition. The V P marking on the underside of the metal throat lip indicates manufacture by Victory Plastics, who produced a variety of thermoplastic impregnated cotton fabric scabbards during the war. The scabbard throat shows some light past oxidation, and has lost most of the original finish. The scabbard was never issued out and still retains a light coating of grease on the throat and is still wrapped with the original foil.
Comes more than ready to be paired with a lovely unissued M1942 bayonet.
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