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Old March 5th, 2020, 12:27 PM   #1
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US bayonets from WWI to present day

I recently got my lock box full of bayonets out of storage to take a picture of one mounted on my M1200 replica trenchgun,
and decided to take some group pics since it has been a couple of years since I looked at my bayonet collection.

M1200 replica trenchgun with M1917 bayonet and some goodies:



Bayonets in their scabbards:



Out of their scabbards:



M1905 and M1917 “sword” bayonets from WWI to Vietnam era (interesting variety of grip panels/condition):



M1 bayonets of WWII and Korean War era (two on left are cut-downs, two on right are uncut versions):



M6 bayonets for an M14 (one Aerial and two MILPARs). I had two NOS bayonets in 1968 dated boxes,
and the one I opened was a MILPAR, so I'd guess the other one is a MILPAR too:



A couple of vintage combat knives included in post for variety (US Navy MK 3 Mod 0 on left, and possibly a Vietnam or 1970s era USMC knife on the right):



...and a few of vintage foreign bayonets to round-out this post: (for a Swiss K31, Swedish M96, and Italian BM59 - which unfortunately I don't have, just the bayonet)



...just an some random edged weapons I that I recently pulled out for some groups pics.

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WOW!!! A very nice collection you have there!!!
I really like the replica M1200 and display items. As always, another quality project you have put together sir.

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Old March 5th, 2020, 01:17 PM   #3
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Your M6 in the sealed box is an IMPERIAL manufacture, not MILPAR. The two manufacturers had distinctive packaging.

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GardenValley, thanks, I had no idea about packaging differences...but I confess the two packages sure do look alike to me, other than minor date difference:

Left is the one I opened that had a MILPAR bayonet (12/68)
Right is one that is still sealed in plastic (date is 9/68):
(I'm no expert on this topic, just a fyi pic)


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GardenValley, thanks, I had no idea about packaging differences...but t\I confess the two packages sure do look alike to me, other than minor date difference:

Left is the one I opened that had a MILPAR bayonet (12/68)
Right is one that is still sealed in plastic (date is 9/68):
(I'm no expert on this topic, just a fyi pic)
They are from the same contract, so chances are, the same manufacturer.

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I recently got my lock box full of bayonets out of storage to take a picture of one mounted on my M1200 replica trenchgun,
and decided to take some group pics since it has been a couple of years since I looked at my bayonet collection.

M1200 replica trenchgun with M1917 bayonet and some goodies:



Bayonets in their scabbards:



Out of their scabbards:



M1905 and M1917 “sword” bayonets from WWI to Vietnam era (interesting variety of grip panels/condition):



M1 bayonets of WWII and Korean War era (two on left are cut-downs, two on right are uncut versions):



M6 bayonets for an M14 (one Aerial and two MILPARs). I had two NOS bayonets in 1968 dated boxes,
and the one I opened was a MILPAR, so I'd guess the other one is a MILPAR too:



A couple of vintage combat knives for variety (US Navy MK 3 Mod 0 on left, and possibly a Vietnam era USMC knife on the right):



...and a couple of vintage foreign bayonets to round out this post:
(for a Swiss K31, Swedish M96, and Italian BM59 - which unfortunately I don't have, just the bayonet)



...just an some random edged weapons I that I recently pulled out for some groups pics.
Very Nice collection and presentation! You have inspired me to update my bayonet group pictures to add all the ones acquired since the last photos from several years ago.

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Cowtownscout, please show your pics on this thread when you get a chance, thanks.

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My guess would be that someone opened the plastic wrap and switched bayonets. Milpar included their name in the label on the packaging of their bayonets. This was the case for both the early manufacture bayonets in heat seal paper wrapping and for later manufacture bayonets in plastic packaging.

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I don't see a Johnson Bayonet. but it is still a fine collection!

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Yea, there are no Johnson rifles in my collection, or its spike bayonet...I forgot about that one.


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Johnson bayonets have been reproduced so be cautious when purchasing one.

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Aha! So that is where all the old bayonets went...

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Cowtownscout, please show your pics on this thread when you get a chance, thanks.
I can do that however mine don't start at WWI they start at the French & Indian War.

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very nice
can you shave with all of them ?
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Outstanding collection Random Guy! A lot of us like pointy things!

My old, pre divorce collection from back in my Virginia days.



My current Texas assortment


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