WW2 Camillus M4 bayonet, orig M8 composition scabbard manufactured by Beckwith Mfg Co. included. Very good overall condition, considering the age.
Original WW2 era M1 carbine M4 bayonet manufactured by CAMILLUS CUTLERY in Camillus, NY; comes with original-issue M8 composition scabbard. This type was intended to be used as a bayonet on a M1 carbine but i t mostly utilized as a fighting and utility knife, just like its “big brother” M3 Trench knife. Both edged weapons were quite popular with the troops; see the WW2 era photo of similar M4 bayonets on US 17th Airborne Division troops firing the M18 recoilless rifle somewhere in Germany (the photo is used as a reference only and will not be included with the lot).
This M4 is about 11-1/2” / 29.2 cm overall; the blade is about 6-5/8″ / 17 cm. Parkerized blade has not been re-sharpened; original edge is pretty sharp still; the tip is intact. The handle is stacked grooved leather washers with steel muzzle ring is marked with the “flaming bomb” US ordinance mark on the underside and U.S. M4 / CAMILLUS stamp on the top. The pommel is stamped with 7 SP arsenal acceptance mark. Bayonet lock/release is tight and 100% functional; the guard has a tiny bit of a play. Original M8 scabbard is well-used; steel throat has a couple of dings on the back; plastic tip has a couple of cracks. But overall the scabbard is in great shape, considering the age – no stains or rust on the webbing; all original stitching; the keeper is nice and tight; steel throat’s underside is marked B-2/4-N. The scabbard was manufactured by Beckwith Mfg Co. (BM CO.) division of Victory Plastics.
This original WW2 Camillus M4 bayonet and M8 composition scabbard are in great shape and in 100% serviceable condition still. Not cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original “as is” condition. I have more WW2 era 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 the Militaria section.
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