One of the more desirable modern bayonets issued to Australian armed forces is the Australian M9 BUCK Bayonet fighting knife.
The history to the BUCK Bayonet was originally the third development by the Qual-A-Tec folk, a small R&D company which formed back in 1981.
The Australian BUCK M9 bayonet-fighting knife was supplied on the following details:
Australian BUCK Production: 20,050 (Single Contract)
BUCK 188 Part Number: 0188-A1-0
Estimate Weight: 850g
Operates: the Australian version of the Austrian Steyr, the F88 rifle
Estimate Contract Cost per Unit: $365.00US (could be AUS)
Still in use today, primarily in the infantry and airborne, we find very few of these bayonets made avaliable to the general public. The finish contracted for the entire contract of 20,050 M9 bayonets was a bead blasted blade, the exception to this is the controversial Australian stamped BUCK M9 with a finished black blade.
The black blade version was limited to just 100, there is literature that notes these M9 bayonets as issued for use to Australian Armed forces. There is also literature that have these bayonets as an 'over run' from the Australian contract. The blades were blackened by BUCK and placed in the commercial market as a limited bayonet.
Eitherway, just the simple numbers of only 100 make this particular Australian stamped BUCK M9 bayonet a very rare find.
Due to the cost per unit, the Australian Government did not approve any further pruchases of the BUCK 188 M9. It is noted some BUCK M9 examples have been modified with interchangable parts from other M9 brands like LanCay & Ontario. As an M9 was retruned for service, worn parts were interchanged with other avalible parts. This again adds value to an 'orginal' & 'untouched' Australian M9 BUCK bayonet.
New Australian contracts for the M9 are for 'unmarked' & 'unstamped' versions of the Ontario M9 bayonet fighting knife. It is extremely difficult to identify a genuin Australia issued example other than the BUCK M9.
The Australian BUCK Bayonet and BUCK Scabbard are very easy to identify. The 'DoD Broad Arrow' is stamped clearly on the bayonets ricasso (a double lined broad arrow) along with the BUCK logo and 188 USA. On the scabbard the 'DoD Broad Arrow is evident above the BUCK logo, supported by the Bianchi International belt loop. Both versions of the Australian BUCK M9 Bayonet fighting knife are stamped the same.
The M9 bayonet is considered by many as the 'first' dynamic armory fitment usable in combat as a fighting knife and functional in field use. The M9 works inconjunction with the matching scabbard that is purposefully designed with accessories like wire cutters, sharpening stone, screw driver tip and ammo pouch. The Bianchi Belt Clip ensures ease of removal, the draw back is the weight. It is felt by many who use or used the M9, the added weight was noticable.
Collectable and desirable best describes the Australian BUCK M9 Bayonet. I have seen prices achieve over the $800.00AUS for near mint versions of the Australian BUCK M9 Bayonet with the lowest price at around the $200.00AUS mark for a well worn, chipped tip and used example. We are finding the few Australian BUCK M9 Bayonets that do make there way out the armed forces are been retained, which makes the even fewer avaliable to the general collector market even harder to obtain.
Based on pure numbers, the Australian BUCK M9 Bayonet fighting knife is one of the lowest contracted volume used in Australia's military history. As a contracted run of 20,050, this is a fraction of other Australian issued bayonets.
The Australian BUCK M9 Bayonet fighting knife.
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