Vietnam War KI M4 bayonet, original PWH M8A1 composition scabbard. Circa 1955 South Korea production; rare mint condition in orig packaging – this type is hard-to-find this nice.
Original Vietnam War era M4 bayonet for M1 carabine manufactured circa 1955 by Korean Industries in The Republic of South Korea (stamped KI on the guard). The M4 bayonet was first issued during WW2 but was used extensively during the Korean War and later in Vietnam. During the Vietnam War a large quantity of M1 carabines were transferred to the South Vietnamese armed forces were it was well-received by the troops. Attached are a few contemporary photos of South Vietnamese troops armed with M1 carabines and M4 bayonets.
This specimen is in rare unused / unissued condition with original finish and factory edge. The bayonet is still in the origonal factory box with corrosive-protection wrapper included. The scabbard is still sealed in its original factory plastic bag. This M4 is about 11-3/8″/ 29 cm overall; parkerized blade is about 6-3/8″ / 16.3 cm long. Factory original edge is very sharp; the tip is intact. Ricasso is unmarked as intended; muzzle ring/guard is stamped U.S. M4 / KI. Black plastic handle scales are tight and in perfect condition; the handle is solid; tall parts are tight with no play. Bayonet release mechanism is in perfect working order; it’s 100% functional.
Original M8A1 composition scabbard was made by Pennsylvania Working Home for the Blind (PWH stamp on the throat). The scabbard is unused as well; unpainted “gun-gray” steel throat is stamped USM8A1 / PWH on the front side. Original factory paper tag and OD-green nylon leg tie-down are all included inside of the sealed plastic.
This rare unused early Vietnam War KI M4 bayonet and PWH M8A1 composition scabbard are in excellent overall condition and 100% serviceable still. Not cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original “as is” condition; these are the actual photos. I have a few more Vietnam War fighting knives and bayonets, as well as several scarce WW1 and WW2 American and European fighting daggers, bayonets and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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