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|Australia||M7||Knife bayonet for use with the 5.56 mm. NATO caliber F88 (Steyr AUG) assault rifle.
These were produced in 1991 by the General Cutlery Co. of Fremont, Ohio. They are Identical to the U.S. M7 Bayonet-Knife, save for the markings. Australian-contract M7 bayonets are simply marked “M7” and carry the Broad Arrow acceptance mark.
The scabbard is believed manufactured by Hauser Products Inc. of Chicago, Illinois. A variation of the U.S. M10 scabbard, being molded out of light green plastic with a green belt hanger (instead of black) with dark green paint in a camouflage pattern. The Australian-contract scabbard has the Broad Arrow molded into the front (instead of M10).Australia procured the M7 bayonet at the same time they contracted with Buck Knives to produce an Australian-contract version of the Multipurpose Bayonet System M9. Beyond that, little is known about their procurement. The number of Australian-contract M7 bayonets produced is not known. However, they are rather uncommon.
|6.75||171||11.50||292||.885||22.5||Crosspiece (front): "M7" and Broad Arrow
Scabbard (front): Broad Arrow acceptance mark.
Scabbard (reverse): "19204 ASSY 8448476" over "MFG 1Z803"
|Canada||C7||Bayonet-Knife for use with the 5.56 mm. NATO caliber C7 (M16) assault rifle.
A copy of the U.S. Bayonet-Knife M7, the C7 is unique in having the blade made of stainless steel, rather than the carbon-steel blade of the U.S. M7 and other foreign copies. The scabbard is molded plastic with a frog stud. This example is dated January 1986.
The C7 bayonet was manufactured by Nella Cutlery of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1951 by an Italian immigrant as a mobile knife-sharpening business, Nella has grown into a manufacturer of cutlery and knife sharpening machines; and dealer of commercial food equipment. In 1983, Nella bid the bayonet contract on a whim and landed the $1.7 million deal to produce 70,000 C7 bayonets. The firm is still in business today, serving the Canadian commercial food industry.
The C7 was the standard Canadian bayonet from ca. 1984 until superceded by the CAN Bayonet 2000.
|6.625||168||11.625||295||.880||22.4||Crosspiece: "Nella" and "C7"
Scabbard: "1095-21-897-1467" over "Nella 1/86"
|Germany||M7||This is an unusual variation of the M7 bayonet-knife, made with no lower crosspiece. This was done to allow use on the West German G3 assault rifle, in addition to the M16. On the G3, the bayonet is fixed inverted, above the barrel, and the typical M7 lower crosspiece would block the sight picture if not eliminated.
According author/researcher, the late M.H. Cole, a letter from Colt, dated February 2, 1979, indicated these M7 bayonets with the abbreviated crosspiece were the first M7 production lot produced ca. 1975/76 by Carl Eickhorn Waffenfabrik AG of Solingen, West Germany, under license from Colt. Carl Eickhorn's total 1970s production of Colt M7 bayonets was approximately 80,000, only a portion of which had the abbreviated crosspiece, making this a fairly scarce piece.
The scabbard pictured at left is a 1990s vintage AES scabbard. The original scabbard for the 1975/76 Colt-contract M7 bayonet, would have been similar to the scabbard pictured with the M7 bayonet immediately below, except the scabbard throat would have been marked "U.S. M8A1" and the webbing would have included the U.S. M1910 wire belt hanger.
|6.50||165||11.50||292||.880||22.4||Blade: Colt 'rampant horse' logo, followed by "Colt's 62316," Hartford, Conn USA", Made in W. Germany."
Crosspiece: "US M7"
Scabbard: "U.S. M8A1" over "Made in W. Germany"
|M7||It is unclear who made this M7 bayonet. However, it was most likely made by AES, owing to the one-piece grip design (which appeared on AES production in the 1980s); and, the scabbard's similarity to those previously made by Carl Eickhorn Waffenfabrik and those encountered on Hatian-contract bayonets known to have been produced by AES in 1985–86.
Eickhorn's successors made M7 bayonets for many countries, including Indonesia. The absence of a US M1910-style wire belt hanger indicates this example was made for wear on a plain belt. Hopefully, further research will reveal which country used this example.
The scabbard on this example is unmarked.
|6.50||165||11.875||298||.880||22.4||Crosspiece (front face): ""Solingen" and "US M7" and "W. Germany"|
|Indonesia||S1||Knife bayonet for use with the 5.56 mm. NATO caliber Senapan Serbu 1 (Assault Rifle 1) and Senapan Serbu 2 (Assault Rifle 2).
This bayonet also mounts to the M16 assault rifle, approximately 80,000 of which were procured by Indonesia in the 1960s and 1970s. The USA provided 31,471 M16 rifles between 1971 and 1978 under the Military Assistance Program.
Introduced in 1991, the SS1 is an Indonesian variant of the Belgian FNC assault rifle, produced under license from FN. The SS2 is an advanced assault rifle of indigenous design introduced in 2005.
The Sangkur 1 (Bayonet 1) is a copy of the U.S. M7 Bayonet-Knife produced by the state-run arms manufacturer, PT Pindad (Persero) in Bandung, Java. PT is an abbreviation of Perseroan Terbuka (equivalent to Limited Liability Company or LLC in the USA). Persero signifies a state-owned enterprise.
The S1 is very well-made, with a parkerized (phosphate) finish. The muzzle ring has a chamfer on the rear edge, a nice detail not found on other M7 variants. The plastic grip scales have much finer checkering than other M-Series bayonets. The grip scales are secured with hexagonal socket screws and small threaded steel grip inserts.
The S1 scabbard is patterned after the U.S. M8A1 scabbard. The web belt hanger is black. The steel glove fastener, rivets, and hilt strap ends are painted black. The scabbard body is black plastic, with the Pindad trademark molded into the front. The steel throatpiece is painted black.
Scabbard (body): Pindad Trademark
|Israel||M7||Bayonet-Knife for use on 5.56 mm. NATO caliber M16 and Galil assault rifles.
This bayonet was produced during the 1980s by A. Eickhorn-Solingen (AES), in West Germany, for Israel Military Industries (IMI).
It has the one-piece grip, pommel secured with a phillips-head screw, and plumb-colored blade characteristic of AES production. The scabbards is marked as being made in West Germany, similar to bayonets that AES produced for Haiti and other export contracts.
At first, the bayonet appears unmarked. However, the pommel is a casting and "IMI" is molded in to the casting at the end of the mortise.
Scabbard: "U. S. M8A1" over "Made in W-Germany"
|Panama||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 US M7, with an extra long blade. It is somewhat more crudely-made than US bayonets. Although the general appearance is that of a US M7 bayonet and US 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.
|8.125||206||13.125||333||.875||22.2||Scabbard (throatpiece): "T65"|
|Philippines||M7||Bayonet-Knife for use on the 5.56 mm. NATO caliber M16 assault rifle.
The USA provided 23,011 M16 rifles to the Philippenes between 1969 and 1973 under the Military Assistance Program.
A crude copy of the U.S. M7 Bayonet-Knife manufactured in the Philippines. The bayonet is outwardly similar to its U.S. cousin, but is constructed differently. The pommel has been milled smooth after peening, unlike U.S. M7 bayonets, which are peened and left proud. The plastic grip scales are hollow and secured with phillips-head screws in large brass threaded inserts, where U.S. grip scales are solid, secured with slotted screws in small steel inserts.
The Philippine M7 bayonet scabbard is patterned after the U.S. M8A1 scabbard. The belt hanger rivets and glove fastener are steel. The letters "AFP" (Armed Forces of the Philippines) are stamped into the steel throatpiece. The scabbard body has the AFP Crest molded-in and a crude steel tip.
|6.75||171||11.75||298||.880||22.4||Scabbard (throat): "AFP"
Scabbard (body): Armed Forces of the Philippines Crest
|South Korea||K-M7||Bayonet-Knife for use on the 5.56 mm. NATO caliber U.S. M16 assault rifle and the various Daewoo assault rifles used by South Korea.
The USA provided 30,847 M16 rifles to Korea between 1968 and 1973 under the Military Assistance Program.
An exact clone of the U.S. M7 bayonet and M8A1 Scabbard. Bayonet has a factory edge like U.S. M7s, but not as finely executed.
|6.687||170||11.75||298||.880||22.4||Crosspiece (Front): "Korea" and winged star
Scabbard (Throat): "K-M8A1" on front and "Tong Yang" on reverse.
|United Arab Emirates||M16||Bayonet-Knife for use on the 5.56 mm. NATO caliber M16 assault rifle.
The "UAE" marking and Army Crest seemingly identifies them as from the United Arab Emirates. There is some evidence to support this, however, I consider the identification to be speculative at this point.
The crest on the opposite grip represents the UAE Armed Forces. The falcon (not eagle) is a common Middle East symbol of strength and the seven stars represent the Seven states making up the UAE. The Arabic at the bottom of the crest is Mashat Furat (Armed Forces).
A run of Rolex watches (real ones, not fakes) were produced with this same crest on the dial.
Although these resemble the Ontario M7-B bayonet, they are not made by Ontario. They are likely a product of China. Some examples have been encountered that were marked "China," although this one is not. Just because China produces a lot of fakes, doesn't mean that everything Chinese is fake. China is the UAE's major import trading partner, accounting for 15 percent of all imported goods. Hopefully, further information will emerge to firm up their provenance.
Many Thanks to New Zealand collector & researcher, Kevin Adams, for info on the crest and the Rolex connection.
|6.625||168||11.625||295||.885||22.5||Grip (right): "UAE"
Grip (left): Falcon Crest
Scabbard (body): "M10" and "19204 ASSY 8448476" over "MFG 9A148"
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