Recently picked up this bayonet which appears to have been altered. It has a great scabbard what mostly likely appears to be from a Seabees unit or Sailor. Blade is excellent, 10", has all the typical M1 American Fork and hoe markings. The bayonet catch has been removed but do not understand the configuration of the guard which has slots on both sides and no barrel loop. Is that a standard guard from another similar bayonet or might it have been altered to make it more adaptable to a personal fighting knife? If the guard was altered it was an excellent job as it appears to be manufactured. Anyone have any ideas? thanks
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Posted 07 July 2015 - 07:28 AM
The marking on the scabbard is a USMC Ship Detachment insignia. Here's a photo of one.
Posted 07 July 2015 - 08:53 AM
IMO: as a part of ship's detachment they would have had access to ships machine shop. MM , or whatever, probably converted a bayonet to a fighting knife. Scabbard appears to be a standard modified scabbard with "twine"covering and paint. VERY NICE..
These modified bayonets show up rather often. Of note; I gave one of these to a friend back in the 70's to take to Canada on a 3 month camping trip. He converted the bayonet similarly and reworked the blade angle to a super sharp edge. He said this was used often on his adventure and worked well.
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