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Old March 27, 2016, 05:59 PM   #1
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Vietnam era M1917 Trenchgun Bayonet

While the US 1917 bayonet was originally made for the M-1917 rifle, it was also used on the M1897 and M1912 trenchguns. Winchester even sold riot guns with bayonets to various law enforcement agencies back in the 1920s.
By the time of the Vietnam war, the US was running low on original M1917 bayonets for their military shotguns. So they contracted with the old Longbranch arsenal in Canada, then called the Canadian Arsenal and with General Cutlery Company.
Here is an US issued shotgun bayonet made by Canadian Arsenal.
I used to have a nice Model 12 trenchgun to go with it...
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Old March 28, 2016, 05:35 PM   #2
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Pretty interesting, that.

I don't recall ever seeing a plastic handled 1917 let alone that manufacturer marking.

I hope I can remember having read this if I come across one rather than assume it's a fake as I would otherwise have believed.

Thanks for the post.

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Old March 28, 2016, 08:14 PM   #3
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I was issued a shotgun in Nam. No bayonet and didn't have mounting for it. Plenty of beehive and buckshot for it.
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Old March 28, 2016, 09:41 PM   #4
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I do still have a Govt military marked M12 that is in a riot gun configuration. It lacks the bayonet lug mounting gear and vent hand-guard of the trenchgun versions.

By the way, in my last reserve unit we had M-870s, some of which had extended mag tubes and bayonet mounts. We had the kits to convert them. Unfortunately, installing the kit meant that we had to remove the front bead from the barrel. The kit had a sheet metal shroud that locked the barrel and extended mag tube together with three screws and that shroud had its own front bead installed. I think the M-870 kits made the shotgun tale a standard M7 bayonet from an M16A1, however to be truthful I never checked to see if it actually worked.
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Old March 28, 2016, 09:48 PM   #5
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Apache Co Todd,

Besides the Long Branch ( Canadian Arsenal ) contact for trenchgun bayonets in the 1960s, there was also another contract awarded to General Cutlery Company in Ohio. You can see the different in the way the cross-guard is stamped.
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