I AM LOOKING FOR THE PROPER BAYONET FOR MY GARAND THAT WOULD REPRESENT WWII. WHAT MODEL DO I LOOK FOR? ALSO, I HAVE ONE ALREADY THAT IS MARKED "M5". IS IT OR IS IT NOT A KOREAN ERA GARAND BAYONET? WHAT IS THE WWII ERA ONE WORTH?
M5 is post WW2, 10" blades will be correct,as will 16" blades. The 10" come two ways,"cut-downs" and "un-cut",the cut-downs were earlier 16" blades shortened to 10". You can tell them by the "blood groove" extending to the end of the blade. Also can have a spear point or bowie point. Bowie are rarer.
From My understanding there where very few "regrinds" that saw service overseas. the Spear point 10" Bayonet was the most used bayonet . After Guadalcanal the marines brought out of storage all the 16" bayo that they could find. the grunts where useing them for Machete's there was kinda a "quality knife" shortage in the pacific. thats why so many guy's bought EK knives and such.
Personally I dont understand why IMHO the 10" spear point M1 Garand Bayonet is as good as anything there has ever been. as a field knife and as a bayonet. I think they went backwards after that.
As a bayonet the 10" is fine. As a field knife it's ok,as a fighting knife,it sucks. Handle is too short,steel is too soft to hold a good edge,and it's too blade heavy. Besides,by WW2, bayonet charges were pretty much a thing of the past. But for guarding prisoners,riot control,or parades,they are ok,and they do look cool.
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