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Re: Trapdoor Carbine Bayonet
Posted by John S. on Sunday, 8 January 2017, at 9:26 a.m., in response to Re: Trapdoor Carbine Bayonet, posted by Steve MIller on Sunday, 8 January 2017, at 12:52 a.m.
It took a while for M1903s to fill the needs of both the regular Army troops as well as the Navy, Marine Corps and the states.
It was not until 1903 that some states were issued Krags to replace trapdoors, and at the same time the reserve forces were being reorganized under the Dick Act with dual federal and state roles in lieu of the traditional state only role of militias.
In 1903 (I think,but may be off a year or so) the Marines abandoned the 6mm Lee Navy in order to standardize with the Navy using Krags. At a time when the Army was switching to the M1903 rifle in .30-03 caliber, soon to be compounded by the 1905 decision to scrap the rod bayonets and 1906 change in caliber to .30-06, leaving regular Army rifle issue in a bit of chaos until all that got sorted out. I am not sure when the USN and USMC got their first ;are issues of M1903s.
During WW1 Krags were issued to some Army units for training and some second line troops (mainly a few Engineers) actually took Krags to France. It was the latter which I believe had the picket pin scabbards.
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