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The M4 Bayonet was issued for only a very short period due to the limited time when the M-1 Carbine was being issued. There was never any performance issues with the M4 bayonet, but soldiers who were issued M-1 Carbines often wanted a harder hitting round for their main battle weapon. This lead to the development and adoption of the M-14 rifle which meant the M-4 Bayonet was no longer needed.
While soldiers felt they needed a stronger main battle rifle, the M-1 Carbine became extremely popular with civilian shooters and collectors. These M-1 Carbine fans have bought, sold, and traded original M-1 Carbines many times over and few if any came with original accessories. One of the most sought after accessories for an M-1 Carbine that features a bayonet lug is the M-4 Bayonet which is also one of the more rare M-1 Carbine accessories.
Please note: As these bayonets were made over 50 years ago, they have been arsenal refinished with newer plastic grip panels. There may also be minor differences from the bayonet pictured.