I'm sure you guys know LOTS more about this than I do, so, let me tell you what I'm looking for.
I don't need "authentic" except that it be a real bayonet, and not a chintzy "replica".
I don't need "period correct" for the rifle, but it has to fit properly, and a scabbard would be nice.
What I'm looking for is a functional bayonet that could be used in combat. God forbid I ever have to "Fix Bayonets!", but if I do, I want one that works as intended.
Beans' article about "Knives ona- Stick!" got me thinking again about getting one, so I've been looking into it.
My (limited) research shows that there are five available that fit properly.
The Model 1905 "WWI" version - 16"
The Model 1905 "WWII" version - 16", Parkerized
The Bayonet, M1 - 10"
The Model 1905E1 - 10" Basically a cut-down version of the Model 1905.
The Bayonet, M5 - 7"
I think with my level (lack?) of skill, the shorter bayonet would be better. A bit easier to maneuver in tight quarters, too. Yeah, I know, why am I using a Garand for CQB when I have an AR. Well because it's the hardest hitting caliber I have access to, and besides, it needs a bayonet!
The CMP has ZERO. It looks like they got out of the accessory business entirely. Great history of all the different bayonets, though.
Atlanta Cutlery has most of the types, along with some specials for Reenactors.
And I've found several other places that have them.
I'm tending to stay away from eBay and Amazon on items like this, as there's too much Chinesium junk out there that goes for far more than it's worth.
Ideas? Suggestions? Reliable vendors?