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.

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