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While cleaning out my dads house I found his sea bag from when he served in Marines back in the sixties.

Inside was his bayonet with a decent amount of surface rust. I applied some clp for the moment, but am hoping someone more experienced could advise on basic restoration practices.

Sheath says M8, but Bayonet says M6 on the tang

 

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I think M8 is just the model of the scabbard.  Someone with more knowledge will chime in.

M6 bayonet is for the M14.  A quick look at values is all over the place. From about $45 to $250 on Ebay.  The manufacturer may have something to do with it. Someone has a new one in the wrap for $120.

Don't "restore" it.  Original finish is everything.  I have a 1911 made in 1918 that went through rebuild in WW2.  With the WW2 finish, even worn, it would be worth a couple of thousand.  Someone reblued it along the way so it's not even worth half that.

Clean off the surface rust gently and leave it as it is.

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I'm not looking to sell, but thank you for the heads up in potential value.

He did carry an M-14 so that makes sense. I just want to halt the rust, remove what I can, and keep it for sentimental reasons.

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The M8 and M8A1 scabbard can be used with the M4 (30 Carbine), M5 (Garand), M6 (M14), and M7 (M16) bayonets.  The M8 just had a belt loop and the M8A1 had the hanger to attach it to the pistol belt.

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1 hour ago, Dave Archibald said:

Can you post a pic to see how bad the rust is? ^ or 7 makers on Bayo and about the same on scabbards. There have been some NOS released lately. About 35 each for NOS scabbards. I think PWH.

Thanks for info.

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3 hours ago, Theron said:

While cleaning out my dads house I found his sea bag from when he served in Marines back in the sixties.

Inside was his bayonet with a decent amount of surface rust. I applied some clp for the moment, but am hoping someone more experienced could advise on basic restoration practices.

Sheath says M8, but Bayonet says M6 on the tang

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zah4DjqQGmIrhwmHaBqSYbx-iBBpKwVO?usp=sharing


I use this all the time. @Scorpio64 donated me a nice rotor to steal from. It’s fancy science stuff. But you’re smert, you can do this.

 

pro tip... none of the new battery chargers will work,  use a battery in between charger and the science experiment 

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