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.