The legendary M1 Garand rifle once bore bayonets just like this historically faithful replica. It features a 16 1/8" black coated stainless steel blade and a textured handle for a slip-free grip. "US 1943" is delicately etched on the blade, and our historical reproduction includes a sturdy locking scabbard. Called "the greatest battle implement ever devised" by General Patton, the M1 Garand officially replaced the M1903 Springfield as the standard service rifle of the US Armed Forces in 1936, becoming one of the most recognized pieces of military weaponry in history. The legendary M1 Garand was used exclusively by US forces in World War II and the Korean War, and to a lesser extent in the Vietnam War.