M7 Bayonet

By | Aug 6, 2013

The M7 bayonet first appeared in 1964 following the introduction of the M16 rifle during the Vietnam War. This bayonet was used by the United States Army with the M16 rifle but it is also used with the M4A1 carbine. The M7 bayonet is similar in appearance to the M6 which is designed to be used with the M14 rifle. Perhaps the most outstanding disparities between the two are the locking mechanism and the muzzle diameter. While the M6 is released by depressing a spring near the guard, the M7 bayonet is released using the pommel. The shape of the two remains identical and they both have a Parkerized black finish. Like almost all bayonets, the M7 has a sheath that is marked as M8A1 or M10. Apart from being used in combat, the M7 bayonet can be used as a utility knife for opening cans and general cutting purposes. Many desert troops in the Gulf war made the M7 the bayonet of choice majorly because it was said to be stronger than the M9 with reduced tendency to breaking. The current NSN that is being used for the M7 bayonet is 1095-00-073-9238. Marine Corps adopted the use of the M7 bayonet with the OKC-3S bayonet but the M7 is still used by the Navy and the Army. The bayonet is manufactured by several companies in different countries such as Germany, South Korea, the United States, Singapore and the Philippines. Due to the different nationalities and the different companies that manufacture the M7, there exist several versions of this bayonet. Some of these manufacturers in the United States include BOC, Connetta, GenCut, Milpar and FZR. Foreign manufacturers include Korean Eagle among others. One manufacturer known as Eickhorn made the greatest variety of the M7 bayonets than any other. Some M7’s are 7 inches, 8 inches and even 9 inches depending on the manufacturer. West Germany and later Germany was very instrumental in manufacturing the M7 bayonets. Since the first contract to manufacture the M7 bayonet was issued in 1964, more than 4 million units have been made. Some users have criticized the M7 saying that it is not very good at cutting wood or food stuff such as vegetables and fruits. This is mainly due to the serrations that are on the blade which also make it difficult to cut through fabric or to stab an animal with fur. The M7 bayonet is not widely used but is still in use in a few parts of the world.

M9 Bayonet

By | Jul 30, 2013

The U.S. Army began using the M9 bayonet as the official bayonet in 1984, the same year it was designed by Charles A. “Mickey” Finn. The M9 bayonet is used with the M16 rifles though it is also used with the M4 rifles as well as a number of shotguns. The bayonet has a blade with a length of 7 inches and an entire knife length of 12 inches. This knife’s blade is made of stainless steel and is therefore very easy to maintain. It is also easy to carry around as it weigh’s about 2 pounds. Officially the M9 bayonet is known as the multi purpose knife owing to the many functions it serves. The knife can be used as a wire cutter, a saw as well as a utility knife. To function as a wire cutter, the knife needs to be used together with the sheath. When fitted to the muzzle of the M16 rifle, the M9 becomes a close range combat weapon that can be used for stubbing enemy troops. Apart from the U.S. Army, civilians such as hunters and Boy Scout’s use the M9 bayonet. It is estimated that since the first M9 bayonet was produced over 400,000 others have been produced. Popularity of this bayonet has reduced as others have come up but it is still used in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq. The M9 bayonet replaced the previous version of the M7 bayonet. Rumor has it that the M9 can break more easily than the M7. However, the M9 is 20 percent thicker than the M7. This multipurpose knife is made by several companies and they mainly target the civilian population. Some of the manufacturers of the M9 include Phobris, LanCay, Buck Knives and Ontario. A specialized edition of the M9 known as the M11 EOD is specifically used for explosive ordnance disposal. The only difference between the two is that the M11 EOD has several additional features like the hammer pommel that adapts it to its function. The M9 is a handy tool and its usefulness has given it the name ‘multi purpose knife’. Several collectors have dedicated a better part of their time in collecting the various makes of the M9 bayonet.

M14 Bayonet

By | Jul 23, 2013

The M14 bayonet is designed for use with the M14 rifle and is commonly known as the M6 bayonet. The M14 rifle was used officially by the U.S. marine and the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1970. In the United States Military, the bayonets that are still in use include the M4, M5, M6 and the M7. The M14 first appeared in 1957 at the exact time when the M14 rifle was built. This bayonet is the only one that is specifically made for the M14 rifle though it is also used with the M1A civilian rifle. The M14 bayonet is used for combat when mounted on the M14 rifle and may also be used as a utility knife. Its basic blade design bears a great resemblance to that of the M4, M5 and M7 bayonets. The design of this weapon also borrows a lot from the M3 Trench Knife used in World War II. The entire length of the M14 is 11.375 inches while that of the blade is 6.625 inches. Notable manufacturers of this bayonet include the Imperial Knife Company, the Columbus Milpar Company and the Aerial Cutlery Company. After the Vietnam War, the M14 bayonet was replaced by the M16 bayonet designed to be used with the M16 rifle. The two bayonets are very similar in appearance considering that they are of the same color, use the M8A1 sheath and have exactly the same length. Some notable differences between them is that they have different handle shapes, the muzzle ring diameters are different and the use different locking mechanisms. The most significant use of the M14 bayonet today is for the exhibition drill for the Marine and Navy. It is also used by honor guards and drill teams. Much of this use is however just ceremonial.

Bayonet Cleaning

By | Jun 7, 2009

Bayonet Cleaning

How far should you go when cleaning your most prized possession? What is this most prized possession, well if your asking that question your in the wrong place! When it comes to bayonets cleaning them is a very touchy subject among collectors all across the globe. Each person has their own opinion, which they are entitled to. Below is my opinion based on what I do and what others close to me do.

In no means should you ever plan on cleaning your bayonet to perfect cosmetic condition. If these are your plans you should look at purchasing bayonet replicas. Bringing military bayonets back to this “new” condition destroys the once historic item. Your idea of cleaning to me is to remove old grease, dirt, rust, etc. (nothing major). Many collectors come unglued if bayonets are cleaned beyond a simple wipe of a cloth.

To start cleaning your bayonet you can use a soft cotton cloth with some light gun oil. The gun oil is used to prevent the progression of rust. One may also use a very fine steel wool to remove light rust. (keep in mind though this could ruin any blueing or patina) You can wipe down your bayonets every couple of months or so, to remove things like dust.

As I stated before this is just my opinion on how to care for your military bayonets. If you have any doubts, comments, questions, or concerns contact your local dealers for help. Bringing in the bayonet and showing them what you want to do will help greatly.

Bayonet History

By | Jun 7, 2009

Bayonet History

The history of the bayonet is full of adventure and mystery. The origination of the bayonet has many theories. For instance, Cotgrave’s 1611 Dictionarie, portrays the bayonet to be a small, flat pocket dagger. However, Pierre Borel expressed in 1655 the ‘bayonette’ was created in Bayonne(a French City). There is a myth that the peasants of Bayonne ran out of ammo, and in desperation, jammed their hunting knives into their muskets using them as spears. Another story for the birth of the bayonet comes from hunting. In the 1600′s, rifles did not load the quickest, so hunters needed a way to quickly defend themselves. A knife would be a safe bet, but if it was attached the to end of their gun; it would be an even better one. Whatever the origination, it became very popular and was seen in nearly every European army by the 1660s.

The bayonet was perfect for warfare in the 17th century. There were two main branches of the army at this time. The cavalry, which were armed with pistols and sabers; and the infantry, which were armed with muskets. The infantry also included men with spear like weapons to guard the musketeers. They were needed because the muskets took so long to load the enemy could advance and the musketeers be defenseless. With the introduction of the bayonet, these spear man were no longer needed. The musketeers could simply attach their bayonet to their gun and defend themselves.

With time the bayonet has evolved through many stages. It began with the “plug” type. These bayonets plugged directly into the barrel of the gun and prevented them from being fired. This posed an obvious problem and in 1678 the ring bayonet was invented. This allowed for the gun to be fired. The “socket” bayonet was next in line and made it possible for the bayonet to be offset from the muzzle of the gun.

As you can see bayonet history is something that is pretty interesting. The bayonet has been used in many wars since its creation and has evolved with each century. In today’s time, the bayonet is still in use. The bayonets you see today are known as knife bayonets. These bayonets can be used as utility knives or for fighting.

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