Vietnam War US Milpar M7 bayonet VIZ-WD M8A1 scabbard – rare Philadelphia, PA scabbards’ manufacturer contracted circa 1967; the contract lasted just 18 months. Rare type in great overall condition, considering the age.
Original Vietnam War era M7 bayonet manufactured by Columbus Milpar & Mfg (Milpar). The M7 was first issued in 1964; it was originally designed for the M16 rifle but it will fit several later-produced US combat rifles, including the current M4 carbine. This bayonet is about 11-7/8″ / 30 cm overall; parkerized blade is about 6-3/4″ / 17.2 cm long. The blade is very sharp; the edge appears to be factory original; the tip is slightly nicked – an easy fix. Ricasso is unmarked as intended; muzzle ring/guard is stamped US M7 on one side, MILPAR on the other. Black plastic handle grips are tight; great overall condition with just a few minor surface chips on one side. The bayonet’s release mechanism is excellent and 100% functional; all handle parts are solid with no play.
Original M8A1 composition scabbard was made circa 1967 by Viz Manufacturing was located at 335 E Price Street, Philadelphia PA (VIZ/WD on the throat). Viz Manufacturing was a supplier of instruments to the National Weather Service, as well as the US DOD. They made scabbards for just about 18 moth with the contract running out by the end of 1967 – this type is VERY hard to find, especially in unused condition. The unpainted “gun-gray” steel throat is stamped USM8A1 / VIZ/WD on the front side; web hanger is excellent with no stains, mold, or rust on the webbing. All scabbard parts are nice and tight with no damage or stains.
This original Vietnam War US Milpar M7 bayonet VIZ-WD M8A1 scabbard are near-excellent and in 100% serviceable condition. Not cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original “as is” condition; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉 We have 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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