Quote of the Day: That is the point of a bayonet…

Seen on Reddit:

“The entire purpose of a bayonet is to bring a knife to a gunfight”.

Had to share. Probably could have waited and made it my Sunday Funny, but I am not much for delayed gratification.

The bayonet above is a bit unique. Napoleonic-era British Baker Rifles came with what is known as a “sword-bayonet” complete with full hilt and handle. It could be easily used in the hand unlike the 18″ triangular bayonet of the Brown Bess musket. I haven’t been able to confirm it from an academic source, but it is my hunch that this was meant to compensate for the rifle’s slower loading process.

While I am on the subject of bayonets, I might as well put in a plug for Chris’s Swedish M-96 Mauser Bayonet and the heroic story of Hiroshi Miyamura – Bayonet-wielding bad-ass from History for those who might have missed them.


  1. Sam L. says:

    Muzzleloaders load slowly; breechloaders load more quickly. Ammo runs out, and time to reload can run out. Blades don’t run out.

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