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This is a discussion on M6 Bayonet within the Edged Weapons forums, part of the Gun Forum category; My NOS '68 M6 arrived yesterday. I am also a bit surprised at how sharp it is, and won't be sharpening it. This thread is ...


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Old May 13th, 2017, 08:04 AM   #46
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My NOS '68 M6 arrived yesterday. I am also a bit surprised at how sharp it is, and won't be sharpening it.

This thread is lacking photos of mounted M6s, so here's a quick phone photo of it on my old SAI.



I took it out of the package, mounted it, and took the photo, but have since oiled the steel.

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Old May 13th, 2017, 08:10 AM   #47
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I'm waiting for my lugged FH to come in, latest update is this coming Monday.

I'll post a pic after the install. I think I'll start soaking my castle nut starting today.

UPDATE:

Checked USPS, delivery status has been updated to delivery today. But now I have a dilemma. My sister is visiting from out of town, she wants to do something. Haven't seen her in two years. All here realize I want to wait at home for the mail. Of course my sister wouldn't understand. Problems, such problems. It's truly sad when an addiction starts to effect the family....


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Old May 13th, 2017, 08:35 AM   #48
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I have a question for you as it's apparent you know more about bayonets than I. My knowledge, if you will, was just my training on it's use as a graduate of Parris Island...

Being this is the first brand new bayonet I've ever owned, I, too, am liking the fact that it has no scabbard marks on it. But I also want to put it in a scabbard to "complete" it. Is there a way to reduce the rub marks ? I was considering putting a light film of Lubriplate on the blade, as the tub I have is enough for several generations of family use, I might as well get some additional use from it.

I've applied several coats of oil on it being it hasn't had any in nearly 50 years and the blade already looks 100% better as it is. I was wondering if Lubriplate applied in the rub areas would help.
Most of my bayonets show wear. When you put them in a M8/M8A1 sheath there are two spring clips inside the sheath that are there to help retain the blade in the sheath, (the old wives tail about them having a built is blade sharpener is just that). I don't believe there's a perfect way to totally avoid some wear marks developing on the blades when you store them in the M8/M8A1 taking it out and putting it back in.
IMHO, your on the right track for minimizing the build up of those wear marks. If it was me, I'd put a coat of wax on the surface of the blade. Neutral shoe polish should do, or Johnson's paste wax is something I keep around for various things. I'll warn you the wax will effect the look of the crisp new parkerizing your seeing on the NOS bayonet. It will look more matted. I'd put the wax over the oil you've already applied to the blade, and wiping it with lubriplate is a good idea too.

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Old May 13th, 2017, 09:13 AM   #49
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Take the grips off. Use a soft toothbrush to work some CLP into the parkerizing, especially the nooks and crannies under the grips.

The spring clips can be gently bent out of the way, so they don't rub on the blade.

It is never a good idea to store any blade in its sheath or scabbard for any period of time, especially if you live in a humid area.

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Old May 13th, 2017, 10:12 AM   #50
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I live in Texas northwest of Houston, put a straw in your mouth, step outside, inhale deeply, you have a mouthful of water. Yes it's THAT humid here.

All my weapons are stored in a safe with a dehumidifier of which needs constant recharging, my home AC set at a constant 72* and the safe opened only occasionally. It's a never-ending chase. Oil/grease slathered on everything. So far I've kept the rust monster at bay.

But I do appreciate the advice of storing it unsheathed, never thought of that.

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Old May 13th, 2017, 10:51 AM   #51
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Yea, I was way up North in Austin.
I remember the flight line was very often 100/100 temp/humid.
Still could be worse, could be at the Gulf.

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Old May 14th, 2017, 02:37 PM   #52
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Well, she's finally fully dressed. I just put on my lugged FH and mounted the bayonet.

The hardest part of the install, believe it or not, was trying to find the right size Allen key for the castle nut set screw. I have multiple sets of Allen keys, it appeared that every one I grabbed was too small or too large.

I did buy the Brownells version of the castle nut pliers, I had zero issues with using them, contrary to what I've read about their "cheapness". I did pre-soak the castle nut twice the day before.

I know, I know, post a pic or I'm lying. Right now I have the grips off the bayo and rubbing oil into all the nooks and crannies. Hopefully soon before the sun sets.

Thanks to all for all the help, tips and advice. It helped make me doing this extremely minor gunsmithing task with a certain level of peace of mind.

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Glad everything worked out for you! Look forward to see pictures.

Now you mount your pig sticker and do crowd control at liberal demonstrations....LOL


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Old May 18th, 2017, 02:21 PM   #54
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Ok Mudpie...where are the pictures?

Here is a pic of my M6 mounted.....now it's your turn!

( click on pic twice...and it will flip right side up. )
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Old May 20th, 2017, 07:02 AM   #55
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luigi- I know, right ? I post several times about my little project, finish it, then...nothing.

Give me a little bit, I'll go lay it out and snap a pic...

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luigi- I know, right ? I post several times about my little project, finish it, then...nothing.

Give me a little bit, I'll go lay it out and snap a pic...
No worries. I am retired and have lots of free time...I forget some folks are still working for a living! Send when you can. THanks

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Old May 20th, 2017, 10:46 AM   #57
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Here it is....hastily taken with my camera phone, sorry it's a wee bit dark. I was going to go outside in the yard and snap a pic, but my neighbors are out, don't want them to think I'm crazy, snapping pics of a rifle in the grass... Additionally, they don't need to know I own this, or any, rifles for that matter....

I pulled the scope off it, for some reason a rifle sporting a bayonet AND a scope is a contradiction... kind of like putting off-road tires on a formula 1 racer...you could do it, but why.

I like the BLO'd stock, the wooden handguard, now lugged FH and new M6 look. To me; the way it was supposed to look. To me.

Digging through my Dad's stuff, I also found a brand new cotton web sling, a brand new nylon web sling, a leather Garand/1903 sling as well as those M8 scabbards I previously posted. Either he was preparing himself to get an M1a or he knew eventually I would. Or he just couldn't help himself from buying surplus stuff when he saw it...
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