The idea of using horse cavalry persisted until 1944, with landings on the Chinese coast being considered. Finally, the idea was shelved, and the US Cavalry went into action as infantry.A specially designed leather rifle scabbard had been developed for the M-1 Garand, and it proved just as useful for mechanized warfare as it had been for the Cavalry. Mounted on Jeeps and Harley WLA motorcycles, it kept the Garand handy and ready for action. This US Army WW2 CAVALRY JEEP HARLEY WLA M-1 GARAND LEATHER RIFLE SCABBARD is in very good condition, with some scattered nicking, crazing, and darkening throughout, some finish abrading to the lower half of the charging handle cover at top, moderate overall hardening, missing the hanging straps, and with some scattered age wear evident (ALL pictured). Otherwise, the scabbard is in fine shape, with no other damage to the elegant reddish brown leather construction.
Most interestingly, it boasts a fully intact darkened metal charging handle cover at top, sports the original stitched leather "plug" at bottom, and is U. " stamped at the upper right front, along with its maker, the famous "S. A fine example of a rare, original. US Army WW2 CAVALRY JEEP HARLEY WLA M-1 GARAND LEATHER RIFLE SCABBARD. We have shown a photo of a GI in WW2 riding a Harley WLA with a similar Garand scabbard strapped near the front wheel.The item "US Army WW2 CAVALRY JEEP HARLEY WLA M-1 GARAND LEATHER RIFLE SCABBARD 1943 Vtg" is in sale since Friday, July 10, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Field Gear, Equipment". The seller is "abramsantiques" and is located in Claremont, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.