The name M1 bayonet has a few interesting things going for it that hopefully won’t cause the newcomer to this article any confusion. We’ll try to cover a few of them and clear them up.
Just in case you’re not a historical collector and aren’t familiar with the arms, equipment and accessories issued to American servicemen over the last hundred years or so, here are some things you need to know.
When most people hear the term “M1,” they’re probably going to conjure up an image of the M1 Garand rifle that outfitted American servicemen throughout much of the 20th century, including, famously, through World War II and the Korean War. Even after the M1 Garand started seeing more limited use, the M1 carbine remained in use well through the Vietnam War.
However, the term M1 bayonet typically refers to the M1905 bayonet, which was actually designed for the Springfield M1903 rifle that was also heavily used throughout the first half of the 20th century, particularly in the First World War.
While these two rifles are not expressly related, the term M1 bayonet implicates them both. This is because it is short for M1905 bayonet, after the year in which it was designed. The original one was designed. Also, despite the name M1, it was actually designed for the Springfield M1903 rifle – although it has been produced in a variety of different configurations.
What is fairly standard about it is its spear-point and the prominent swells at the palm and the pommel, though the size varies significantly. While the original model was designed for the M1903, a subsequent model was specifically designed for the M1 which has become known as the M1 bayonet. The M1 version of this iconic bayonet was designed with a 10-inch blade and plastic grips – although you will note that some earlier models are compatible with the M1 as well.
Whether you’re looking for equipment such as a WWII M1 Garand Bayonet or an original bayonet to grace the equally venerable M1903 Springfield that is proudly featured in your collection, don’t look too hard. Even hard to find collectibles like these can be come by online at Sarco, Inc., at SarcoInc.com.
Hopefully this cleared up most of what’s going on with the name, which might sound a little bit confusing since there is some crossover. Still, if you’re looking for a different style of bayonet for another platform, perhaps one that is just as highly regarded or collectible, visit SarcoInc.com just the same. It’s not like they only specialize in providing bayonets for M1 rifles and Springfield 1903s.
They have tons of original pieces and parts as well as a huge assortment of reproduction arms and equipment, including non-firing replicas of historic arms. Their large collection has everything you could need, ranging from an M16 bayonet (the M7 – it’s a real thing) to a sling for your 1903, to a build kit for a 1911, and everything in between.
What’s even more valuable than their actual collection of products is the value of their knowledge and experience. They could have given you the rundown on the differences in bayonets designed for early 20th century American service rifles in about a half of the time it’s taken you to read this article so far – but since you’re still reading, listen closely.
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