garand bayonet and stock question
1. my garand stock is a springfield, that much is confirmed by the way its cut and verified 3 times...but it doesnt have the P or eagle and stars, its rather got some age on it and has a "A"
where the P would be. So im trying to get more information about it.
2. my bayonet is a utica cutlery bayonet from CMP, its blade is rather beat up...should i try to fix it or leave it? small dings really in the blade part and thats about it, and if it can be fixed, best way to fix it?
Can't help with the stock. I would not alter the bayonet.
Probably an Arsenal rebuild stock. Most of them did not have cartouches on them, and had different marking depending on the Arsenal location. Good luck!
well i did some looking and the only results were it could be a navy marksmen team issue, or a marine issue...the anniston and albany rebuilds have distinct different "A" markings...this one is directly under the pistol grip area where the P mark would usually be. very little out there on the net though so im still wondering
got input also from the armory sgt at work and he said leave that bayonet as is...no problem here, gives it character
so i found this...
"Early type A (IHC) stocks before 11/53 may have a single letter "A" stamped inside the pistol grip" HTH"
from a "collecting a garand" book
so what does that mean? i have a international stock from before 53? is it valuable? dont plan on selling it