This a rare, original, USGI, 16-inch early World War Two US bayonet scabbard. This is for the 16" blade bayonet made for the M1 Garand Rifle and the M1903 Springfield rifles. This real USGI scabbard was made by "Victory Plastics."This is real, 1940-1943 manufactured US GI, and it has seen service with the US Army in WWII.This has been repainted by the military, from top to bottom This does have some wear to the paint, but it looks really good. This vintage and rare scabbard works just fine to hold the long G.I. bayonet. This is a very collectible specimen. This is in very good and serviceable condition, and ready to use with your 16-inch long bladed bayonet.This was made in the early days of World War Two by Victory Plastic, a division of Beckwith Manufacturing, which was part of New England Pressed Steel company. This has the Ordnance Bomb with the "US" on the front of the metal throat, and it has " B - N 1 - 8 " still visible under the paint on the back of the metal throat. (The paint is actually scratched off the metal on that little section.) This is from VICTORY PLASTICS, BECKWITH MANUFACTURING COMPANY. ("B" for BECKWITH and "N" for NEW ENGLAND PRESSED STEEL.) This is the M3 Scabbard. This was left the original and long sixteen-inch length, while most WWII M3 scabbards were cut down to the shorter M1, or M1905E1, 10-inch size scabbard. This has the belt hanger hook to attached to the pistol belt, the rifle belt, the haversack, and the musette bag. This is good for the US Army, the US Navy, the US Marine Corps, and even the US Army Air Corps and USAAF Army Air Forces in pre-war and WW2. They purged out these rare and long 16-inch bayonets and long scabbards before the war in Korea. This has been repainted. This does show some age, and some use, and some wear, but this is a nice and solid and serviceable scabbard. Please see the photos. This is the model M-3 scabbard/sheath. This is like the canvas, leather and wood WW1 M1905 scabbard, made for the 16" WW1 and early WW2 blade. The rifles that used these? The Springfield Rifles were the M1903, M1903A1, M1903A3, and M1903A4. They used these rifles from 1903, through World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, and the sniper rifles were used right up to Viet Nam. ROTC units and Civil Air Patrol squadrons still use the 1903 and 1903A3 Springfield. The long bayonets with these scabbards were in active service until about 1945 or maybe 1950. The Garand Rifles were used from 1938, through World War Two, Korea, and all the way up to Viet Nam. There were still US National Guard units using the M1C and M1D rifles into the 1970's. This scabbard would be be good for any of their 16-inch blade bayonet knives, but again, they only used these until about the end of WWII, and then another decade in Greece. This would hold the 16-inch bayonet, like the "MODEL 1905" made by Springfield Armory and Rock Island Arsenal in 1906-1922 with the long 16" blade. (Those scabbards were the Model 1905 (leather) and Model 1910 (canvas and leather) variations. After that they kept making the "MODEL 1905" during World War Two, still with 16" blades, and they made them at Utica Cutlery "U.C.", Oneida Limited "O.L.", Wilde Drop Forge and Tool ("W.F.T."), Pal Blade and Tool "PAL", American Fork and Hoe "A.F.H." , and Union Fork and Hoe "U.F.H." This is when they started making the M3 fiber scabbard, THIS FIBERGLASS SCABBARD, in the long 16-inch length. In 1943 they started making the kind with the 10" blade length. They were sheaths for the MODEL 1905 bayonets which were cut down to 10" blades AND for the newly made M-1 bayonets, called the MODEL M1. The cutdown scabbards were first called the M1905-E1. (This was done during field trials and testing of the shorter 10" bayonet.) The US Military figured we'd rely on firepower, and use less of the old WW1 tactic of "Bayonet Charge." Maybe 16" wasn't necessary. With metal being rationed as essential war material, they could save some resources, too! The US Army Tech Manual date October of '43, TM 9-2200, refers to this 10" blade bayonet as the issue item "BAYONET, M1." This is in the book "Small Arms, Light Field Mortars, and 20mm Anti-Aircraft Guns." We know they were using these in 1943. A year later, the same month as D-Day, the June of 1944 dated Ordnance Corps "Handbook of Ordnance Material" also calls it the "M1" bayonet and scabbard. There is even a later 1940's or 1950's Tech. Manual about small arms that includes bayonets, and they call this the "M1" bayonet and M1 scabbard. The biggest maker of these was VICTORY PLASTICS. The company also was converting the long ones to short ones, in the period from August '43 until December 43. They were shortening the long scabbards! They shortened / converted 1,846,768 long M3 scabbards to the shorter M1, M7, or M1905E1 scabbard. THIS ONE ESCAPED THE CHOPPING BLOCK! THIS ONE IS STILL THE RARE SIXTEEN-INCH LENGTH! Anyway, please see the photos, they speak for themselves.I want you to know what you are buying and I want you to be happy with this. Please ask any questions before bidding. Thank you. Thank you to all our veterans and service personnel, for keeping us free.
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