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rj06d
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USA
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Posted - 12/21/2016 :  11:46:40 PM  Show Profile Send rj06d a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey all. New to the M1 Carbine game. I have a '43 NPM that I've cleaned up for my dad.

Looking for a source for an original, or nice repro bayonet.

Currently sporting the "aged khaki" look for sling&ammo pouch - would be cool to have a cohesive "look/appearance" if possible.

Anyone have a good lead?? Thanks in advance!

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Tuna
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Posted - 12/22/2016 :  11:15:09 AM  Show Profile Send Tuna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If your carbine has been through a rebuild and has the type 3 band with the lug then your all set. If your carbine is closer to being original as it left the factory then you really need to rethink your wanting a bayonet on it. If you check all the on line parts sites you should be able to find a good bayonet and sheath for it. Ebay or Gun broker will most likely have them too but the prices can be quite higher there.
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americanboy
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USA
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Posted - 12/22/2016 :  12:31:56 PM  Show Profile Send americanboy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Four or fives years ago B4 my carbine enthusiasm days, I had a very good bayonet and sheath. I asked one of my gun show "experts" to value it for me. He had a few on his table with asking prices of $25-$35 and told me mine was worth around $20-$25. That is one of those cases in which one would like to have his butt kicked hard-and-often, because I sold it not long after that. I've not seen one worth buying for less than $100 since then. A good original from the right maker is going to cost $100-plus in today's market.
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rj06d
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USA
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Posted - 12/22/2016 :  3:46:52 PM  Show Profile Send rj06d a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tuna

If your carbine has been through a rebuild and has the type 3 band with the lug then your all set. If your carbine is closer to being original as it left the factory then you really need to rethink your wanting a bayonet on it. If you check all the on line parts sites you should be able to find a good bayonet and sheath for it. Ebay or Gun broker will most likely have them too but the prices can be quite higher there.



@Tuna: Thanks. It does have a lug on it (no idea if "type 3"). I'll check out your recommendations.
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rj06d
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USA
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Posted - 12/22/2016 :  3:49:21 PM  Show Profile Send rj06d a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by americanboy

Four or fives years ago B4 my carbine enthusiasm days, I had a very good bayonet and sheath. I asked one of my gun show "experts" to value it for me. He had a few on his table with asking prices of $25-$35 and told me mine was worth around $20-$25. That is one of those cases in which one would like to have his butt kicked hard-and-often, because I sold it not long after that. I've not seen one worth buying for less than $100 since then. A good original from the right maker is going to cost $100-plus in today's market.



@americanboy: Good to know/Great advice. I had the notion to take it to a gun show and try some on for size. I'll be careful of price gougers.
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americanboy
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Posted - 12/23/2016 :  07:03:16 AM  Show Profile Send americanboy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Good idea to check fitment and any USGI may not be an issue, as long as you get a bayonet made to spec. There are a LOT of bayonets out there that were manufactured across-the-pond and you can't always tell by looking. You can google-up some pretty good pages concerning markings and who made them and there are surely plenty of counterfeits out there. If it looks new....it may very well be "new". U have your original WWII types, as well as Korean and Vietnam era examples and even those made up thru the 80's and 90's.

The reason I mention fitment is at the time I had a Universal (Gen 1) on which the M4 bayonet I had would not fit. GOOD idea to check fitment. U should be able to find a common plastic (nylon?) handle bayonet in the $40-$50 range. You can sometimes find a leather handle reproduction in the $50 range, but it will look extremely fresh. There were some of those on e-bay recently that were selling for that. The original M4's with the sheath in good condition are priced at $150 and up depending on condition.
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