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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Vietnam-Era Bayonet

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Q

I recently purchased a U.S. Model 1917 rifle and would
like to get the proper bayonet. I came across an M1917
bayonet with plastic grips marked "GEN CUT." I was a
bit confused, as all the other M1917 bayonets I've seen have
wooden grips and were made by Winchester or Remington.
Would any of these be correct with my rifle?

A

The M1917 bayonet you encountered was manufactured by the General Cutlery Co. (Fremont, Ohio)
during 1966-67 for use with combat shotguns
equipped with bayonet adapters ("trench" guns). As you
noted, these were marked "GEN CUT" on the crossguard on
one side of the blade and "M1917" on the other. A contract
was also given to Canadian Arsenal, Ltd. (Ontario, Canada)
during this same period for additional M1917 bayonets of
this type. These were marked with a small "A" enclosed in
a larger "C" and "M1917" on the crossguard.
In addition to being fitted with plastic scales instead
of walnut scales, these Vietnam-era bayonets were not
as well-crafted as were the M1917 bayonets made by
Winchester and Remington during World War I.
The Vietnam War-era M1917 bayonets would not be
"correct" for display with your M1917 rifle. However,

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the bayonets are rather scarce and would be proper for
display with any of the U.S. military "trench guns" in
service after about 1966 equipped with adapters for
the M1917 bayonet. In retrospect, it is rather surprising that bayonets were being made in the mid-1960s
that fit a rifle not manufactured since World War I. The
utilization of the M1917 bayonet with U.S. military
shotguns gave it a much longer active service life than
that of the rifle for which it was designed.
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