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T65
Knife bayonet for the 5.56 mm. NATO caliber Taiwanese T65 assault rifle.

These first showed up in the U.S., in small numbers following the invasion of Panama in 1989. Presumably, they were taken and brought home as souvenirs by returning U.S. troops. However, little hard information has been discovered around the manufacture and history of these bayonets.

The T65 bayonet is a clone of the U.S. M7, with an extra long blade. It is somewhat more crudely-made than US bayonets. Although the general appearance is that of a U.S. M7 bayonet and U.S. M8A1 scabbard, there are differences. In addition to being longer, the blade is more slender than the U.S. M7. At first blush, the scabbard appears to have a tip protector, like U.S. M8A1 scabbards. However, the scabbard is all plastic, just giving the appearance of a tip protector.

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22.2
Scabbard (throatpiece): "T65"
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