Original early Vietnam War era M6 for M14 battle rifle – made by Imperial Knife Co. This specimen us in rare unissued condition and still in the original packaging with the 1967-dated wrapper. The M6 was the only edged weapon issued for M14. In spite of excellent accuracy and ballistics M14 fell victim to the modern small-caliber small arms doctrine and had a very short service life. That led to the short-lived service for the M6 bayonet as well. This type is scarce nowadays, especially in unused condition. Attached in the photos is the scan of the original 1965 photograph by Eddie Adams of a young marine in Vietnam holding the M14 with the M6 attached.
The parkerized guard/muzzle ring is marked U.S. M6 / IMPERIAL; no markings on the blade or the handle, as intended. About 11-3/8″ / 29 cm overall; fully-parkerized blade is about 6-5/8″ / 17 cm long. Original finish on the blade, guard, and pommel. Original edge is razor-sharp; the blade has not been re-sharpened; the tip is intact. Black plastic grips are in perfect condition; the release mechanism is excellent and 100% functional. The bayonet is still in the original wrapper and factory packaging box. Included is the note from the original owner indicating 1966-1967 service years the deployment locations in Vietnam. There is no scabbard.
This attractive Vietnam War Imperial M6 bayonet has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it’s in 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos. I have a few more Vietnam era American knives, as well as some British, Commonwealth, and German WW2 era combat knives and bayonets, plus several scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives from other countries available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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