M/1942 Knife Bayonet for M1 Garand Self Loading Rifle
In 1952 USA started providing the Norwegian military with M/1942 bayonets for use with the M1 Garand Self loading rifle (Semiautomatic).
In Norway both the short M/1942 M1 bayonet and the shortened M/1905 bayonet was in use. The Garand rifle and bayonet was in use until around 1970, and in the National Guard even longer.
In His Majesty The King’s Guard (HMKG), it is still in use by the drill platoon (for parade). When used by HMKG it was provided with a special frog, the scabbard was lacquered black scabbard and the blade was polished.
The Military Academy, Krigsskolen, used a special variant of the M1 Garand bayonet. Here both the bayonet and the scabbard was lacquered black, and the bayonet was given a black plastic frog with red edges.The Military Academy used both shortened M/1905 bayonets and M/1942 bayonets.
From 1953, the M/1942 bayonet was produced at Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk in Norway. About 50,000 bayonets was produced here. The Norwegian produced bayonet is by some sources called M/1953. These are rare in Norway today, as they where exported, and were probably never used by the military in Norway. These bayonets are marked with a crowned K.