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This is an M4 bayonet which was also used as a fighting knife. Issued during WWII. It was designed to fit the M-1 Carbine rifle. The pommel is of metal construction and has the bayonet release mechanism. the handle is made of leather and has a series of circular indentations carved into it. This feature allows for better gripping.





The crossguard of the M-4 bayonet is divided intwo sections. One side has a metal ring for the purpose of allowing the muzzle of the rifle to pass through. The other side is simply a straight section.

The scabbard is made of fiberglass and painted green. The throat has a metal piece with the markings USM8. This section has two metal lips facing downward. The tip has a hole where the leg strap would be located. A canvis flap is found above the fiberglass section. This flap acts as a belt loop and also secured the wire hook that connects the bayonet to the utility belt. A strap with a snap goes around the handle and holds it in place.




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The top of the crossguard has the flaming bomb logo. On the opposite side the words "USM$, Camillus" are stamped. Camillus is the name of the company that produced the bayonet.









The blade is of double edge construction. It does not have any markings on it. The picture below shows the top of the pommel. A marking in the form of a letter S with a line through it is seen.





This edge weapon is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.



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