SPRINGFIELD M1905 BAYONET DATED 1917 AND M3 SCABBARD

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Item Code: 1047-183

This Model 1905 bayonet has an excellent blade, hilt, and scabbard. The blade is free of any nicks and has a good point. The wood grips are excellent, showing no wear, with good color and distinct ridges and grooves. The metal (blade, guard and pommel) is Parkerized and shows only the slightest bit of rubbing on the high spots. The blade markings are crisp: a “US” over a serial number on one side and an “SA” over an ordnance bomb and 1917 date indicating it is a Springfield Armory product. The scabbard is excellent, with good color to the body and collar, which bears the ordnance bomb with a “US” inside. This is the World War Two era M3 scabbard. Though technically for the 1903 rifle, these bayonets could be used on Garands as well.

The Model 1905 bayonet was developed out of dissatisfaction with the rod bayonet originally issued with the new 1903 rifles. The usefulness of knife bayonets in night attacks had been proven in the Russo-Japanese War and the extra length given to the US 1905 pattern over the old Krag knife bayonet was intended to compensate for the shorter length of the new rifle.

This is an excellent example of the US WW1 bayonet retained in service right into WW2 and shows a transitional and upgraded step between the 1905 pattern bayonets and the eventual adoption of the shorter M1 bayonet.  [sr]

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