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Old June 14, 2001, 12:52 PM   #1
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What bayonet and sling were used with the 03A3 Springfield in WWII?

I'd like to find the correct bayonet (and sheath, hopefully) for the 03A3 Springfield during the 1943 -45 time period. Obviously, it would make sense that the pre-war '03 bayonets would fit, but I'd like to know if bayonet was manufactured during WWII for the 03A3 and, if not, what bayonet would have been used.

Also, what slings were used for this rifle in WWII? The old M1907 leather sling or a web sling?

Finally, I'd very much appreciate any likely sources of authentic bayonets and slings, as well as good websites or reference sources for these rifles and accessories.

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Old June 14, 2001, 07:27 PM   #2
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You should be able to find what you need on these sites.The second is a simple search with a lot of results
Good luck.
By the way I think the 03 used a a couple of different bayonets from the long style from WW 1 to the short used in WW 2.
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Old June 16, 2001, 08:52 PM   #3
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The Model 1905 bayonet, with a 16" blade, was the original bayonet for the M1903, and some were still in use in WWII. Many of the older bayonets were cut to a 10" blade length in the WWII period, and a new bayonet with a 10" blade, called the Bayonet, M1, was introduced. All three bayonets will fit the M1903, M1903A3, and M1 rifles, although the M1905 bayonet was never issued with the M1 rifle. (The Model 1917 had its own bayonet.)

The M1907 leather sling was used with the M1903 and M1903A3 for most of the WWII period, but the web sling as used on the M1 was also issued with the older rifles.

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