A bayonet is a metal weapon placed at the end of a rifle or musket. On a long rifle it could function as an alternative to a pike. Its significance has declined over the years although it can still be used successfully.


(1) against cavalry

(2) against enemy soldiers

(3) against civilians


It can be used when a soldier is out of ammunition or to instill fear. It does increase the stand-off distance.


Sources of variation:

(1) attachment to rifle: plug vs socket

(2) utility bayonet

(2a) sword

(2b) knife

(2c) multipurpose (serrated, trowel, etc)

(3) cross-section: round, triangular, blade

(4) length: from 7.25 to 28.1 cm


Accidental wounds can occur in war re-enactors.

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