Gary Cunningham's

Bayonet Point's

Updated Feb, 2005

Bayonet Points #26 - February, 2005

Data concerning disposition of Bayonet and Scabbards to Foreign Nations during 1963-1975.

Recently the National Archives and Records Administration has posted many records in digital format on the Internet as Access to Archival Databases. Among these records is one titled: Records About Military Goods and Services Provided to Foreign Countries, ca. 1950 - 2002. The title may be somewhat misleading as the records apparently begin with the passage of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. The first actual date shown is 1963, although it is mentioned that records from 1961 and 1962 were entered under the date of 1963. Some items show records up to nearly 2000 (for instance, the M16A1 rifle data sheets go up to 1999) all bayonet and scabbard records end with 1975. The reason for this cutoff date has not yet been explained, although it may indicate that these items were no longer supplied under the act after that year.

The database includes large numbers of fields that either do not apply to bayonets and scabbards or are of very narrow interest. I created a table view of a few fields that I thought might be of the most interest, including the fiscal year that the item was supplied, the quantity supplied, the name of the country receiving the item, the branch of service which supplied the item, and the source and type of assistance codes.

The Source basically identifies where the item was to come from, usually from stocks on hand (which might or might not be replaced) or from contracts issued by the US military to support the program. The following is a list of the Source codes applied to bayonets and scabbards in the database.

Source Codes:

E - Excess: From stocks excess to MILDEP (US Military Departments) / Defense Supply Agency supplied to meet MAP (Military Assistance Program) and FMS (Foreign Military Sales) requirements.

K - Procurement or Replacement: Items will be assigned this code: (1) When they are to be provided from MILDEP [US Military Departments] procurement, financed initially by MILDEP appropriations. (2) When they are to be furnished from MILDEP or DLA [Defense Logistics Agency] inventories, and procurement is required to replace such items. MAP items will be included in this category despite the fact that the items planned for procurement to replace the MAP delivery will be in terms of the latest model (preferred item). Thus "Replacement in Kind" covers replacement of an item with the same model items, or a replacement of an acceptable substitute with a preferred item. Resources obtained from the sale of this materiel will be available to finance the MILDEP or DLA reimbursable budget plan as it is classified for the budget document.

L - Replacement Not in Kind: This category will include those items which are to be provided to MAP [Military Assistance Program] on a reimbursable basis, but when delivered to MAP are not planned to be replaced by inventories of the MILDEP [US Military Departments] or DLA [Defense Logistics Agency] of the same model item or modern version. Funds received from the sale of such items will be available to finance the Military Department or DLA direct budget plan as it is classified for the budget document.

R - Redistribution: From redistribution of MAP [Military Assistance Program] -supplied assets excess to holding country requirements.


The other field, Type of Assistance, indicates the source of funding for the items supplied.

Type of Assistance Codes:

1 - Grant Aid rendered under the authority of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, for which the United States receives no reimbursement.

D - Military Assistance Service Funded. Grant Aid programs transferred to the Department of Defense budget, which were not controlled and implemented through the MAP.

P- Grant Aid Programs transferred to the Department of Defense budget, which were controlled and implemented through the MAP [Military Assistance Program]

S - Assigned to all records in the Republic of Korea Equipment Transfer program authorized by Public Law 95-384 at no charge to MAP [Military Assistance Program]. This code is also assigned to all PY 71 update & 72 equipment transferred to the ROK [Republic of Korea] under Public Law 91-652 at no cost to MAP.

 

The following tables show information extracted from the records described above. As mentioned, they begin in 1963 and end in 1975. So far, I have not been able to determine why the records stop in 1975, and it is at least likely that further quantities were provided after that date, possibly under some program that was not part of the database.

One comment that should be made concerns the quantity shown. In a few cases, the quantity is listed as 99,999. According to one source, they actual number may have been higher, but the database will only accept 5 digits, so 99999 is the highest number that can be entered.

It is certainly possible, even likely that I have overlooked some files. Also, my addition for the totals at the bottom of each table is a little suspect at times. However, the main purpose of creating these tables is to give collectors an idea of how many bayonets and scabbards went to other countries and what some of those countries were.

Item: Bayonet, M1917
National Stock Number: 1005-00-716-0944

Scabbard, M1917
National Stock Number: 1095-00-726-5706

Year

Quantity

Country

Supplier

Source

Type of Assistance

           

1964

300

w/Scabbard

Chile

Army

K

1

           

1966

280

w/Scabbard

Chile

Army

K

1

           

1972

4

(No Scabbard)

South Korea

Army

K

S

 

It is not known if these few bayonets were supplied for Model 1917 rifles or for one of the various models of shotgun that were fitted with the handguard/bayonet adapter. From the dates, the first two would have to be the 1917-1918 production bayonets and scabbards.

Many collectors/historians feel that large numbers of Riot Shotguns with Handguard and Bayonet Adapter were left in Vietnam at the time of the US withdrawal. Although not listed in the database, this would have the effect of turning them over to the Vietnamese.

It is also believed that many of the later contract M1917 bayonets and scabbards were left with these shotguns, although it is known that some were issued to National Guard and Reserve units within the US.

 

Item: Scabbard, M7

National Stock Number: 1095-00-726-5708

Year

Quantity

Country

Supplier

Source

Type of Assistance

           

1963

1676

Thailand

Army

E

1

1963

5

Brazil

Navy

K

1

           

1964

160

Liberia

Army

K

1

           

1965

164

Honduras

Army

K

1

           

1970

3376

Cambodia

Army

K

1

1970

122

Uruguay

Army

E

1

1970

105

Nicaragua

Army

E

1

1970

104

Bolivia

Army

E

1

           

Total

5,712

       
           

There has been some question about the M7 scabbards marked U.S. M7 over B.A. INC. (see Bayonet Points #7) which was hypothesized to have been for a Military Aid Program. Although the number of M7 scabbards supplied during this period is relatively small, it is not impossible that the B.A. INC. scabbards were used to fill these requirements.

 

Item: Bayonet-Knife, M4
National Stock Number: 1005-00-716-0944

Year

Quantity

Country

Supplier

Source

Type of Assistance

           

1963

3

Panama

Army

E

1

1963

407

Guatemala

Army

E

1

1963

185

El Salvador

Army

K

1

1963

479

Columbia

Army

K

1

1963

2,307

South Korea

Army

K

1

1963

22,150

Vietnam

Army

K

1

1963

52

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1963

698

Chile

Army

K

1

           

1964

385

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1964

145

Columbia

Army

K

1

1964

532

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1964

1,839

Thailand

Army

K

1

1964

483

South Korea

Army

K

1

1964

195

Laos

Army

K

1

1964

751

Philippines

Army

K

1

1964

62

Vietnam

Army

K

1

1964

1,800

Jordan

Army

K

1

1964

166

Liberia

Army

K

1

           

1965

164

Honduras

Army

K

1

1965

18

El Salvador

Army

K

1

1965

1,821

Columbia

Army

K

1

1965

54

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1965

28,792

Myanmar (Burma)

Army

K

1

1965

1,256

Laos

Army

K

1

1965

71,654

Vietnam

Army

K

1

           

1966

75

Panama

Army

K

1

1966

15

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1966

123

Columbia

Army

K

1

1966

25,843

Vietnam

Army

K

D

1966

4,490

Vietnam

Army

K

1

1966

20,410

South Korea

Army

K

1

1966

8

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

1966

66,204

South Korea

Army

K

D

1966

126

Laos

Army

K

1

           

1967

928

Uruguay

Army

K

1

1967

10

Honduras

Army

K

1

1967

100

Vietnam

Navy

K

D

1967

5,412

Laos

Army

K

P

1967

27,408

Vietnam

Army

K

D

1967

134

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1967

1,072

South Korea

Army

K

1

1967

1,062

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

1967

507

Uruguay

Army

K

1

           

1968

8,546

Vietnam

Army

K

D

1968

56

Honduras

Army

K

1

1968

49

Laos

Army

E

P

1968

3,833

Laos

Army

K

P

           

1969

159

Uruguay

Army

K

1

1969

204

Honduras

Army

K

1

1969

39

Panama

Army

K

1

1969

575

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1969

1,035

Thailand

Army

K

P

1969

2,225

Thailand

Army

E

P

1969

85

Guatemala

Army

K

1

           

1970

566

Uruguay

Army

K

1

1970

39

Guatemala

Army

R

1

1970

208

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1970

198

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1970

22,304

Vietnam

Air Force

K

D

1970

2,182

Thailand

Army

E

P

           

1971

75

Vietnam

Army

E

D

1971

7,936

Cambodia

Army

K

1

1971

12

Thailand

Army

K

D

           

1972

50

South Korea

Army

K

S

1972

241

Vietnam

Air Force

K

D

           

1973

3,300

Bolivia

Army

K

Not Shown

1973

241

Vietnam

Air Force

K

D

1973

89

Thailand

Army

K

1

           

Total

344,574

       

 

Unfortunately the database does not differentiate between first (WW2 period) and second (post 1953) production M4 bayonets. It is extremely likely that both the leather handled M4s and the later plastic handled production were both supplied under this program.

It may be recalled that Frank Trzaska mentioned in his comments on his visit to the Conetta plant that: "The strange part was the inspector was based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and he was a sailor. Could it be that Conetta and Bren-Dan had a contract with the Navy Department (Marines) and that is the reason we could not locate records on them at Rock Island? Makes one thinků. They also told me the inspector used to laugh that the bayonets being made by Bren-Dan were obsolete and wouldn't fit anything in the current US arsenal. He used to laugh at how they were "getting over" on the govt." It is quite likely that the Bren-Dan and Conetta M4 bayonets were used mostly to fill some of the MAP requirements listed above.

The relative rarity of the 1954-55 produced M4 bayonets by Imperial Knife Company also leads me to believe that some of that production ended up in the MAP as well.

 

Item: Bayonet-Knife, M5A1
National Stock Number: 1005-00-336-8568

Year

Quantity

Country

Supplier

Source

Type of Assistance

           

1963

629

Indonesia

Army

K

1

1963

4,972

Cambodia

Army

K

1

1963

3,281

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

1963

17,538

Greece

Army

K

1

1963

35

Panama

Army

K

1

1963

42

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1963

65

El Salvador

Army

K

1

1963

611

Columbia

Army

K

1

1963

45

Chile

Army

K

1

1963

36,474

Vietnam

Army

K

1

1963

2,208

Laos

Army

K

1

1963

2,350

South Korea

Army

K

1

           

1964

626

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1964

446

El Salvador

Army

K

1

1964

374

Columbia

Army

K

1

1964

895

Chile

Army

K

1

1964

717

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1964

583

Vietnam

Army

K

1

1964

1,123

Thailand

Army

K

1

1964

4,518

Philippines

Army

K

1

1964

1,674

South Korea

Army

K

1

1964

82,199

Pakistan

Army

E

1

1964

46,591

Pakistan

Army

K

1

1964

5,601

Jordan

Army

K

1

1964

467

Liberia

Army

K

1

           

1965

213

Liberia

Army

K

1

1965

300

Laos

Army

K

1

1965

117

Panama

Army

K

1

1965

613

Honduras

Army

K

1

1965

2,548

Columbia

Army

K

1

1965

198

Chile

Army

K

1

1965

48

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1965

6,024

Vietnam

Army

K

1

           

1966

4

Panama

Army

K

1

1966

835

Paraguay

Army

K

1

1966

50

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1966

3,131

Columbia

Army

K

1

1966

758

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1966

62,702

Vietnam

Army

K

D

1966

2,509

Vietnam

Army

K

1

1966

2,196

Thailand

Army

K

1

1966

154

Thailand

Army

K

P

1966

1,696

Laos

Army

K

1

1966

24,559

South Korea

Army

K

1

1966

12,593

South Korea

Army

K

D

1966

289

Liberia

Army

K

1

           

1967

636

Honduras

Army

K

1

1967

44

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1967

494

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1967

13,231

Vietnam

Army

K

D

1967

542

Vietnam

Navy

K

D

1967

7,929

Laos

Army

K

P

1967

660

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

           

1968

199

Uruguay

Army

K

1

1968

249

Honduras

Army

K

1

1968

2

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1968

692

Vietnam

Navy

K

D

1968

250

Thailand

Navy

K

P

1968

683

Philippines

Army

K

1

1968

1,945

Laos

Army

K

P

1968

4,404

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

1968

8,378

Tunisia

Army

K

1

           

1969

394

Uruguay

Army

K

1

1969

156

Panama

Army

K

1

1969

381

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1969

148

Laos

Army

K

P

1969

39

Panama

Army

K

1

           

1970

7,850

Tunisia

Army

   

1970

93

Guatemala

Army

R

1

1970

354

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1970

102

Uruguay

Army

R

1

1970

903

Uruguay

`Army

K

1

           

1971

3,000

Indonesia

Army

K

1

           

Total

389,359

       

 

The database does not list any M5 bayonets supplied, only M5A1s, although I would tend to believe that at least some M5 bayonets were furnished.

It is possible that some of the M5A1 bayonets that are found without the Defense Acceptance Stamp may have been procured to fill some of the above requirements.

 

Item: Bayonet-Knife, M6
National Stock Number: 1005-00-722-3097

Year

Quantity

Country

Supplier

Source

Type of Assistance

1965

90

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1966

908

Philippines

Army

K

D

           

1971

3,949

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

           

1972

10,966

South Korea

Army

K

S

1972

5,255

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

           

1973

22

Korea

Army

K

D

1973

4,912

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

           

Total

26,102

       
           

The Database shows records of almost 44,000 M14 rifles distributed to other countries, including in a few cases identical amounts matching the bayonets listed in the table. Why there were so many rifles distributed and so many fewer bayonets is not known.

 

Item: Bayonet-Knife, M7 w/scabbard
National Stock Number: 1005-00-017-9701

Item: Bayonet-Knife, M7 (without scabbard)
National Stock Number: 1005-00-073-9238

Furnished with Scabbard

Year

Quantity

Country

Supplier

Source

Type of Assistance

N

1968

1,400

Laos

Army

K

P

N

1968

1,418

Vietnam

Army

K

D

N

1968

10,000

South Korea

Army

K

1

             

N

1969

67,319

Vietnam

Army

K

D

N

1969

86,198

Vietnam

Army

K

D

Y

1969

1,000

Vietnam

 

K

D

N

1969

99,999

Vietnam

Army

K

D

N

1969

99,999

Vietnam

Army

K

D

N

1969

55,075

Vietnam

Army

K

D

N

1969

99,999

Vietnam

 

K

D

N

1969

6,946

Thailand

Army

K

P

N

1969

769

Thailand

Army

K

P

             

N

1970

1,030

Philippines

Army

K

1

N

1970

14,548

Laos

Army

K

P

N

1970

3,376

Cambodia

Army

E

1

N

1970

93,104

Vietnam

Army

K

D

N

1970

3,957

Vietnam

Air Force

K

D

             

N

1971

36

Thailand

Army

K

D

N

1971

15,000

Indonesia

Army

K

1

N

1971

90,975

Cambodia

Army

K

1

N

1971

21,000

Jordan

Army

K

1

N

1971

1,538

Thailand

Navy

K

P

N

1971

21,979

Laos

Army

K

P

N

1971

39,233

Vietnam

Army

K

D

             

N

1972

44

Vietnam

Air Force

K

D

N

1972

186

South Korea

Army

K

S

N

1972

5,716

Thailand

Army

K

P

Y

1972

2751

Vietnam

Navy

K

D

N

1972

62,958

Cambodia

Army

K

1

N

1972

200

Cambodia

Army

E

1

N

1972

24,000

Jordan

Army

K

1

             

N

1973

1,596

Cambodia

. Air Force

K

Not Shown

N

1973

48

Vietnam

Air Force

K

D

N

1973

181

Thailand

Army

K

1

N

1973

411

Thailand

Army

K

1

Y

1973

155

Vietnam

Marine Corps

K

D

Y

1973

3,360

Vietnam

Marine Corps

K

D

N

1973

5,636

Vietnam

Army

K

D

N

1973

1,117

Thailand

Army

K

1

N

1973

2,848

Thailand

Marine Corps

K

1

N

1973

5,636

South Korea

Army

L

1

             

Y

1974

4,747

Bolivia

Army

E

1

Y

1974

6,352

Guatemala

Army

E

1

             

Total

 

942,240

       

 

Item: Scabbard, Bayonet-Knife, M8A1
National Stock Number: 1095-00-726-5709

1095-00-726-5709
Note - This NSN is applied to Navy-owned stocks of consumable material managed by the Army within the Army Armament Material Readiness Command.
FSC Application Data, For Bayonet-Knife, M4
2 Each, Unit Price $3.83

Year

Quantity

Country

Supplier

Source

Type of Assistance

           

1963

307

Columbia

Army

E

1

1963

1,230

Columbia

Army

K

1

1963

3,420

Thailand

Army

K

1

1963

13,623

Vietnam

Army

K

1

1963

1,723

Cambodia

Army

K

1

1963

1

Spain

Army

K

1

1963

1,198

Greece

Army

K

1

1963

3,281

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

1963

2,208

Laos

Army

K

1

           

1965

146

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1965

2,737

Thailand

Army

K

1

1965

2,117

Laos

Army

K

1

1965

25

Mali

Army

K

1

           

1966

1

Panama

Army

K

1

1966

2,195

Thailand

Army

K

1

1966

778

Liberia

Army

K

1

           

1967

460

Philippines

Army

K

1

1967

1,802

Laos

Army

K

P

1967

1,224

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

           

Total

38,470

       

There are two NSN's for the M8A1 scabbard, the one above apparently a special code for the "two packs" and owned by the Navy. Because of the low per-unit price, it may be that these are a reconditioned repack of WW2 production scabbards. It should also be mentioned that the 1961 production by Victory Plastics was packaged two to a plastic pack (see my Bayonet Points column #7 about 1/3 of the way down: http://www.usmilitaryknives.com/bayo_points_7.htm ).

The metal tipped VPCo M8A1 scabbards from this production seem to be fairly uncommon. My package came from a source that had reportedly gotten them from SE Asia, possibly Laos or Thailand, so it is at least possible that most of that contract was used to supply the above issues.

 

Item: Scabbard, Bayonet-Knife, M8A1
National Stock Number: 1095-00-508-0339

Year

Quantity

Country

Supplier

Source

Type of Assistance

           

1963

38

Panama

Army

K

1

1963

1118

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1963

250

El Salvador

Army

K

1

1963

1982

Columbia

Army

K

1

1963

9744

Thailand

Army

K

1

1963

20256

Indonesia

Army

K

1

1963

888

Liberia

Army

K

1

1963

345

Cambodia

Army

K

1

1963

4657

South Korea

Army

K

1

1963

87931

Vietnam

Army

K

1

1963

806

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1963

1135

Chile

Army

K

1

           

1964

385

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1964

439

El Salvador

Army

K

1

1964

809

Columbia

Army

K

1

1964

3704

Philippines

Army

K

1

1964

195

Laos

Army

K

1

1964

1223

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1964

867

Chile

Army

K

1

1964

2157

South Korea

Army

K

1

1964

64500

Pakistan

Army

K

1

1964

301

Liberia

Army

K

1

1964

7401

Jordan

Army

K

1

1964

87500

Pakistan

Army

K

1

           

1965

117

Panama

Army

K

1

1965

613

Honduras

Army

K

1

1965

824

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1965

4169

Columbia

Army

K

1

1965

28792

Myanmar

(Burma)

Army

K

1

1965

198

Chile

Army

K

1

           

1966

389

Panama

Army

K

1

1966

835

Paraguay

Army

K

1

1966

15

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1966

742

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1966

908

Philippines

Army

K

D

1966

745

Thailand

Army

K

1

1966

29603

Vietnam

Army

K

D

1966

3740

Columbia

Army

K

1

1966

66184

South Korea

Army

K

1

1966

8

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

1966

38429

South Korea

Army

K

1

1966

99999

South Korea

Army

K

D

1966

406

South Korea

Army

K

D

1966

87298

South Korea

Army

K

D

           

1967

928

Uruguay

Army

K

1

1967

39

Panama

Army

K

1

1967

646

Honduras

Army

K

1

1967

13341

Laos

Army

K

1

1967

30035

Korea

Army

K

1

1967

11356

Thailand

Army

K

P

1967

113

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1967

5000

Jordan

Army

K

1

1967

1013

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

           

1968

1044

Uruguay

Army

K

1

1968

39

Panama

Army

K

1

1968

2

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1968

450

Thailand

Navy

K

P

1968

305

Honduras

Army

K

1

1968

869

Philippines

Army

K

1

1968

1000

South Korea

Army

K

1

1968

528

Tunisia

Army

K

1

1968

6609

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

1968

5810

Laos

Army

K

1

           

1969

533

Uruguay

Army

K

1

1969

195

Panama

Army

K

1

1969

7976

Thailand

Army

K

P

1969

85

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1969

944

Thailand

Navy

K

P

1969

6070

Tunisia

Army

K

1

1969

504

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1969

450

Laos

Army

K

P

           

1970

1428

Uruguay

Army

E

1

1970

141

Uruguay

Army

R

1

1970

93

Guatemala

Army

R

1

1970

2

Uruguay

Army

K

1

1970

155

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1970

25988

Thailand

Army

K

P

1970

8000

Laos

Army

K

P

1970

1369

Philippines

Army

K

1

1970

72

Guatemala

Army

E

1

           

1971

203

Guatemala

Army

K

1

1971

90

Taiwan

Army

E

1

1971

9180

Laos

Army

K

P

1971

83

Thailand

Army

K

D

1971

80369

Cambodia

Army

K

1

1971

723

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

1971

100

Liberia

Army

K

1

1971

21000

Jordan

Army

K

1

1971

18000

Indonesia

Army

K

1

           

1972

996

Thailand

Army

K

P

1972

76969

Columbia

Army

K

1

1972

24000

Jordan

Army

K

1

1972

2000

Cambodia

Army

E

1

           

1973

3300

Bolivia

Army

K

1

1973

1349

Thailand

Army

K

1

1973

400

Cambodia

Army

K

1

1973

1596

Cambodia

Air Force

K

Not Shown

1973

10167

Ethiopia

Army

K

1

           

Total

1,046,302

       
           

 

This NSN is the standard one for the M8A1. It is of course impossible to determine the makers of the scabbards supplied, but some possibilities can be inferred.

The WW2 Beckwith (BMCo) and 1953 Victory Plastics (VPCo) production was probably mostly in use with US forces and not available for the MAP. The scabbards supplied beginning in 1963 were likely BMCo and VPCo, but within a fairly short time probably was mostly PWH, which seems to have been the only prime contractor in the early to mid 1960s. Another record group in the database does show that PWH was Pennsylvania Working Home, Philadelphia Association of the Blind which will finally settle what PWH stood for.

Some of the later contractors such as VIZ, TWB and WD which are relatively scarce may have been used to fill requirements of the MAP.

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