Hard to find pre-WW1 era manufacture M1905 bayonet dated 1909; arsenal-reconditioned during WW2 and fitted with new plastic handle grips and a more durable composition scabbard. A scarce type in general – most of the original M1905 bayonets were cut-down and re-furbished as the “short pattern” bayonets often referred to as M1942. This bayonet was originally manufactured in 1909 by the legendary Springfield Armory: SA / “flaming bomb” / 1909 date stamp on the ricasso on one side; US and low serial number 400774 on the other. A superb quality manufacture bayonet with crisp lines and dark “gun-blue” finish throughout. The original bright-white finish blade was probably re-blued during the WW2 re-fit.
This is a very rare “brown grips” type specimen – just a tiny batch of WW2 grips came in brown plastic; most were made as standard-issue black plastic (phenol-formaldehyde resin similar to bakelite) – a nice find! Brown grips were made from an earlier type of plastic (commonly called CAB) that wasn’t resistant to the solvents the army was using in the field, so the production of the CAB plastic grips was quickly discontinued. Only about 100,000 brown CAB grips were made in total; most were lost to the use and abuse in the field. “Brown-grips” bayonets were manufactured for about a month; a rare find these days.
The blade looks unused with original factory edge; the tip is slightly nicked; about 95% of the gun-blue finish remaining. Muzzle ring is intact; brown plastic handle grips are in excellent minty condition; with no nicks, dings, or microcracks. No contact marks on the pommel. Bayonet release mechanism is tight and 100% functional. The bayonet is about 20-1/2″ / 52 cm overall; the blade is about 15-7/8″ / 40.3 cm long. Original “long” composition scabbard with MK1-marked steel throat looks near-mint to me;y. The underside plate is marked B3/3N. Steel throat is marked USN / MK 1 . The US War Department had told the manufactures to “waste nothing”, so they used whatever material was suitable during production, including the unused quantity of scabbard parts intended for training bayonets and discontinued USN MK1 Utility Knife.
Overall, this rare uncut “brown grips type” WW2 SA M1905 bayonet dated 1909 and its original MK1 composition scabbard are in excellent condition. A desirable and highly collectible type; VERY rare this nice.
This rare M1905 bayonet has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original condition; these are the actual photos. We have several scarce WW1 and WW2 bayonets, fighting knives, daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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