M5A1 Commercial bayonet grips
Posted 21 November 2015 - 10:16 AM
I needed a screw for one of my M5A1's and found them on EBay. The seller had 3 pairs of grips along with 6 screws so I purchased the package to have extra screws and grips if needed. The 3 pairs of grips are in good shape but only 1 of the 6 grips (3 left and 3 right side) has a part number. One pair of grips seems to be a lighter color than the grips that I've saw or have.
Is there anyway to tell if the grips are non USGI or commercial ? I'm not sure that there are even commercially made grips.
Posted 22 November 2015 - 11:27 AM
I know for certain that some of the companies that made the plastic gripped bayonets (M4 through M7) did not make the grips - they obtained them from companies that specialized in molded plastic products. I BELIEVE that most of the bayonet makers obtained their grips from outside suppliers. Also I have been told that Century Arms had grips made for the bayonets they assembled from the parts batch they got from Milpar when they closed.
I do not know how many companies made the various grips (M4, M5/M6 and M7). There are some minor differences (other than the design variation mentioned by Chas100) in the M5 and M5A1 grips that might indicate different makers, but I don't know anything definite.
As such, it is possible that one or more of the actual grip panel makers may have sold them commercially, especially if they had some overruns. I doubt that they would be marked in a way to determine military or civilian use.
Edited by bayonetman, 22 November 2015 - 11:28 AM.
Posted 22 November 2015 - 06:23 PM
I'll post some pics of them do give you an idea what i have.
Thank you again
Posted 25 November 2015 - 05:47 PM
I would like to add that for at least some of the "overseas" copies of the U.S. bayonets, the grip panels are unique to them and will not fit a genuine U.S. bayonet of the same pattern.
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