US ARMY M-9 Bayonet -
The M-9 Bayonet is a multi-purpose knife and bayonet officially adopted in 1984 by the United States.
It has a 7-inch (18 cm) blade and is issued with a sheath designed to double as a wire cutter. It was
designed and developed by Charles A. "Mickey" Finn at his R&D company, Qual-A-Tec. He later produced
it under the Phrobis III name, filling a military contract for 325,000 units. Buck Knives was contracted
to make 300,000 units and sold a commercial version under their own name. Finn's designs proved extremely popular, and were widely counterfeited and sold illegally by other makers. In 1986, Finn received U.S.
Patent 4,622,707, however they continued to flow unchecked into the United States from Asia and Mexico.
After the Phrobis III bayonet contract was completed, rights to the M9 reverted to the United States
Army and there were many subsequent versions from other companies. It is issued by the armed forces
of the U.S. as well as other countries, and has also been sold commercially in various versions.
Some production runs of the M9 have a fuller and some do not, depending upon which contractor manufactured
that batch and what the military specs were at the time. The M9 Bayonet partially replaced the older M7
Bayonet which was introduced in 1964.
This is a US Army M-9 bayonet. Designed for use with the M-16 rifle.
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