Great find at a bargain price! About five years back I was looking for a EDMF D-Knuckle guard for the MPBS M9 bayonet. Found out the owner was in ill health for several years, and the business was closed down. However, about a year later got a email they were back in operation. In the interim I got the pictured USMC (with EGA on the ricasso) M9 bayonet from a friend. Interestingly, the guard has "USMC" cast into the right side of the bow & "Baghdad 2003" on the left side. Although this bayonet is a commercial piece, I had heard EDMF sent about 10 of these guards to the USMC when they were holding trials for a new bayonet around 2002-3. This ultimately resulted in the Ontario OKC 3S being adopted by the Marines. I believe this guard may have been one of those, as they ultimately were returned to the submitter as were those bayonet offerings declined by The Corps. I later acquired another EDMF guard as well without the markings and it has black para-cord wrapped around the hilt.