Friday, May 26, 2017

Battle Favored Bayonets

Bayonets have gone through many changes and styles through the years! Let's take a moment to look at some of the more common designs.


The Gewehr 98 bayonet, named “the Butcher Blade” by the Entente as a provocative move to make the Germans appear savage and ruthless. Also, the name just sounds bad-ass. The Butcher Blade is considerably heavy. When you have one in your hand, it feels less like a bayonet and more like a short sword. The handle is sized right and the user’s fingers would be well protected by the guard. While a shorter, handier blade might be better suited for a trench raid, the Butcher Blade has enough heft to double as a machete, and are almost always exceptionally well made. They also look cool.


When the Long Lever Enfield was in service, and even early Short Levers, features like magazine cut-offs and volley sights were still present. The industrialized warfare that WWI introduced to the world had yet to really be shown. And the major powers of the world did not see these things as obsolete. As such, the sword bayonet was still in vogue. These things are very long, and could be used in a duel if need be, but on the end of the gun they look very intimidating. While this is a reproduction, it is quite a good one. The British abandoned the sword bayonet on the number four for short-blade bayonets and then spikes, but the old sword is just cool. It’s a weapon that had heft and some authority, but carrying one on your web gear must have been a pain. It was typical for many soldiers in the field to ground them down into trench knives for compactness.


The M1905 Bayonet was one of the U.S. most widely used bayonet.  It was used in both WW1 and WW2.  It was originally designed to fit the M1903 Springfield Rifle.  Early versions (up until 1918) of the M1905 bayonet had what is referred to as bright, bare metal blades. Sadly, in 1943 the War Department decided that they no longer wanted to use the 16″ bayonets, so production ceased.  In its place would come what is referred to as the M1 bayonet.  This new bayonet would essentially be the same overall design as the M1905, but only have a 10″ blade.

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