WWII US M-1 Bayonet -
The M1 Bayonet was designed to be used with the U.S. M1 Garand rifle. The blade is 10 inches (25.4 cm) long, and the handle is 4 inches (10.1 cm) long.
Before 1943, the M1 Garand and all variants of the U.S. Rifle Model 1903 were using the M1905 bayonet and later M1942 bayonets.
In 1943, the U.S. Army decided a shorter bayonet would be better, so as many of the M1905/1942s as possible were recalled, had their blades cut down to 10 inches, and were reissued. These shortened bayonets, along with the newly made 10-inch bayonets, are called M1 bayonets. They functioned well in the European theater, where in the rare bayonet-actions of the time, they were matched up against the 9 3/4 inch long blade of the German
S84/98 III bayonet fitted on the
Karabiner 98k. However, in the Pacific theater, the much longer
Japanese bayonets on the already very long
Arisaka rifle caused many American troops to retain the long M1905 bayonet.
The item featured here is a US bayonet. As issued for the M-1 rifle during WWII.
The bayonet shown here is a combination of a WWI scabbard with a WWII knife. It was a fairly common
occurance to mix equipment from both wars. The need to get equipment out to the field was so
pressing that the only thing in the mind of the quartermasters was to provide functional equipment fast.
The scabbard for the WWII M1 Garand was constructed of fiberglass. The one shown here is leather.
Heavy duty stiching is found in the back portion. The throat has a metal insert held togerther by
three rivets. A small rectangular bracket is attached to the face. A small marking is placed just
above the bracket. The tip also has a metal insert. This one is stapled to the leather.
The hanging device is very interesting. It protrudes fromt he throat section. It has a metal bracket
and a folded portion of leather, which is secured to the bracket via the use of two rivets.
The fold holds a standard wire-type brass hook which permits the bayonet to be attached to a belt or
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The design of the bayonet consists of black hard plastic grips with a ribbed pattern. A single screw is
used to secure them to the tang. The pommel is metal and of "bird beak" appearance. The cross guard has
openings that let the locking mechanism go through. A button must be pressed to take the bayonet off
The blade is double edged. It has a large blood groove that runs for most of the length of the
blade. Tha base of the blade has a the following information stamped on it:
The manufacturer's iniitals "U.H.F." , Below that is a logo with the letters "U" and "S" to the
its left and right flanks. the year 1943 is stamped below the logo.
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the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this edge weapon.
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