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.

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