First Colt M7 bayonets were made by Universal Industries in 1961-62, about 20.000 were made. Green plastic handle.
Colts PT FA MFG.CO HARTFORD CT USA (poss. prototype?)
Colt's 62082 LOGO Armalite
Milpar made unknown number of Colt bayonets. Scabbards were standard M8A1's.
GERMAN MADE M7 COLT-BAYONETS
The early Colt contract Eickhorn's M7's from 1975-76 are the ones with the standard 2 piece handle held on with two screws of which approximately 80,000 were produced.
HALF-GUARD (LOGO & TEXT)
Half crossguard Colt marked M7's were made to fit the M-16, G3, and HK33 rifles. They were first military issue and when Eickhorn fell on hard times produced commercial versions from stock materials for the collector market. Two blade variations: straight and curved. With and without the text "Made in W-Germany"
Blade cut is straight as in USGI standards.
LOGO & TEXT, 2 SCREW HANDLE
LOGO & TEXT, ONE PIECE HANDLE
LOGO AND TEXT ETCHED, ONE PIECE HANDLE.
Final model is a one piece handle version (with XX thru handle),"COLT'S 62316 HARTFORD CONN USA" etched, not stamped, on the blade. No markings on guard.
This was likely produced around 2000-01 right before Eickhorn's last bankruptcy, for collectors.
Imperial made 30.000 Colt M7's. Blade is marked by a circle with a horse inside and Colt's 62316 Hartford, Conn. U.S.A. next to it. U.S. M7 marked under handle. Guard is marked only US M7, scabbard is M8A1 w/o maker markings, but crinkled surface.