It Fits!

Despite some internet chatter and misgivings this awesome, semi-old, Marine Corps OK3CS bayonet from the Afghan/Iraq Theater fits my Mossberg 590 just fine. Locks on very tight in fact. WOOT!
USMC Combat Bayonet
“From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli…” Too bad our recent escapade in Tripoli turned out so disastrously, the Current Administration is a one-man wrecking ball – our soldiers and sailors and corpsmen and airmen (and women each-too) deserve so much better.
UPDATE: the Marine bayonet is a bit longer (8-inch blade with a 1-7/8″ serrated section vs. 7-inch blade) and a bit stronger than the Army M9 unit, so good.

Warts and Blemishes – a Scale of Values

I was a bit disappointed by the pictures (in the Monday post) below, mainly because the bottom one is harsh and flat and it’s difficult to determine the details, and because I also didn’t make them “clickable” into larger images.
Yesterday afternoon a fine light was coming in the window and I was responding to a post on the CSP M1 Carbine message board about a bayonet, and seeing that my bayo pictures had the same bad, flat light decided to try a re-shoot. First-up the Aerial Cutlery Co. bayonet:


You can see the blade detail and it isn’t that pretty, I’m wondering where to find a scale against which to grade the bayonet’s surface finish, 0-to-10 – poor-to-best. As it is I rate it around a 4, which is ok with me – but maybe it’s not even that good either.
UPDATE QUESTION: What’s the best method for cleaning this up while not screwing the blade’s parkerizing?

As for the old 1911A1 it’s got even more warts, at least on the right side:

You can see the thumbprint and the smudge and the drip-line – either somebody messed up trying to re-finish it or somebody messed-up while shooting it.

I can’t tell if it’s been re-parkerized or not, but one of the tell-tale’s is the Colt Verified Proof mark, a little VP stamp in the triggerguard which appears pretty indistinguishable and filled-in. Also the inspector’s mark, GHD (for Guy H. Drewry, Brig. Gen. of Springfield Ordnance District) is filled-in and it should be bright since it was suposed to have been struck following finishing. (Clawson, 3rd Ed. p.103)

Anyhow that’s what I came-up with.

UPDATE PIC:

Here’s the view from above with the drip-line running from the forward part of the ejection port down the left side to the muzzle – all the smudges and stuff connect together, so I think Hammer is right in his comment.
Also in this view you can see the wide-spur short hammer, and both the slide-stop and thumb-safety checkering, and the small rear sight. All the small parts on this unit are “correct” for the serial numbering and sequence, of around February 1943. Hey, Happy 64th Birthday!! 🙂

Pigstickers

Had a request for pointy-pictures from the previous-post comments.
Click to enlarge in a separate window.

Left to right, the first is an Aerial Cutlery Co. M4 for the M1 Carbine. Aerial was the smallest maker with only an estimated 91,898 made (Imperial made over 900,000). The second is your typical beater M1 made by Utica Cutlery Co. for the M1 Garand – one of the larger manufacturers with an estimated 750,000 made, and the last is a Springfield-Krag 1900-dated bayonet with a second type scabbard.
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