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Gildwiller1918

WW1 US M1910 Bolo

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In 1910, the US adopted a new Bolo called the M1910 which was a more compact and updated version compared to its predecessor the M1909 bolo. The M1910 had a 10 3/8th inch blade with a walnut handle with a hilt similar to the Springfield bayonet. The blade itself was stamped with "SA" for Springfield Arsenal and had the year of production as well, on the other side the blade was stamped "US" and had a serial number. The bolo was issued with a scabbard which was wood covered in khaki colored canvas material and a leather tip. The scabbard fastened to the the standard M1910 equipment by the use of belt hooks. As the war progressed the need for these bolos increased drastically, and in 1917 changes were made to speed up production, the scabbard catch was eliminated, the grips were not as finely crafted and the blades were parkerized instead of blued. Overall the M1917 bolos look almost identical in design to the M1910 versions. Below is the M1910 and M1917, the M1917 is stamped Model of 1917 on the blade. 

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