What to do with your Bayonet

Over at Shooting Illustrated Kenan Flasowski makes some suggestions on how to employ your bayonet (other than putting it in-between an unlucky persons ribs) …

So maybe you have a couple bayonets that came with the firearms—what can you do with them? Well, to quote Bing West in his book “No True Glory,” “You can do almost anything with a bayonet—except sit on it.” Mr. West was comparing the city of Fallujah, which had just been occupied by U.S. forces, to the bayonet.

What can you do with a bayonet? Let’s divide the discussion into two categories: fixed, where the blade is attached to the rifle, and detached, where it is used alone. Obviously, the primary use of the bayonet is to run it through the enemy or slash him open, depending on situation, so we will skip right to ancillary uses.

Probably not what Mr. Flasowski has in mind when he wrote the article.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Peter

    An opener of many things; MREs, Cans, Packaging, etc.

    • Sable

      Jihadis, Communists….

      • Kevin Berger

        Well, Peter is right, in actuality, but Sable is too, sometimes; brings me to mind a chastizing quote from General Matthew Ridgway during the Korean war (translated by humble me, for some unfathomable reason – ahem… -, I couldn’t find it in english, after a quick search) « Bayonets were not made to open food cans/MRE/whatever the US Army called them at the time, but to fight. ».
        This after the bayonets charges from the French Korean Battalion against the Chinese – seems like Ridgway was impressed by their “bayonet spirit” and wanted it, and had it, emulated by the US troops.
        FWIW, then.

      • Kevin Berger


        I’ll leave our English cousins post relevant links about their own modern-days charges, in Irak and Falklands.

        Seems like the psychological effect is the key effect; which follows IIUC the WWI template (only a tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of those wounded and killed by small arms were by HtH weapons), when *useful* bayonet charges were made against already overhelmed and disorganized enemy troops, who almost always routed or surrendered at the sight of a pack of men rushing them with “claws” and “teeth”. The “monkey brain” of humans must be really kicking in, then.
        Makes you wonder about how different the mindset and battlefield courage were, back in the pre-industrial ages, as opposed to what is needed for the modern fighters/soldiers.

        Long live peace.

      • Chase

        Thanks for posting that video, Kevin Berger. I’m glad to have watched it. Long live peace. Long live Liberty.

  • Greg

    I keep them with the weapon they came with.
    Sharpened and oiled of course.

  • Lance

    Don’t know why you have a Bayo for a Glock???? But a M-7 or M-9 is a handy knife you can cut wire with them. Always good to learn how to knife fight.

  • SleepyDave

    Mosin-Nagant with bayonet: Kill something, stick it with the bayonet and roast it over the muzzle-flash induced fire.

    • NI Shooter

      Do that with an Obrez, much more entertaining with the muzzle flash from that short of a barrel 😀

  • Alex-mac

    Not surprised he didn’t mention it’s primary use as scare device in crowd control situations.

  • Jonas

    Make a chandelier to the garrison church. It takes only 276 pcs…


  • nikonmikon

    That’s a movie prop gun, you can tell by the barrel hood.

    Prop guns require extremely rigid firing platforms (wrists, arms etc) because they malfunction easily. Thusly, they’re normally blowback or modified to be blowback.

    • David/Sharpie

      What barrel hood?

      Looks real to me, Glock barrels stick out a little.

    • David/Sharpie

      Oh wait, you mean the chamber/ejection port area.

      Please ignore the above post.

  • RickH

    Has that silly thing (the handgun bayonet) been used in a recent movie or TV show yet? I would be surprised if it hasn’t. Maybe in the new “Red Dawn”.

  • gunslinger

    91/30….use it for the BBQ

  • HEP-T

    A bayonet on a pistol is good for three things.
    1. keeps dirt from being jammed in barrel if you somehow stick the pistol into the dirt, falling down or taking cover.
    2. It keeps the aggressor from grabbing your pistol out of your hands.
    3. Getting pickles out of a Jar.

    • Frank Delia

      “3. Getting pickles out of a Jar.”

      Ohhh! Great idea, I need one!

  • tincankilla

    A bayonet on the end of an M16 looks just as goofy as one on a Glock. An army of marksmen means that you’re popping headshots while dummies with pointy rifles run towards you.

  • Bing West plagiarized a French revolutionary maxim, commonly credited to Talleyrand: “On peut tout faire avec des baïonnettes, sauf s’asseoir dessus.”

  • Mike Knox

    Well you know, the same stuff you do with a knife on a stick (that makes exploding fire and flying metal bits)..

  • Reverend Clint

    my dad used to use his m91 Carcano Carbine as a boar gun and would use the bayonet to make sure they were all the way dead. After he gave it to me i cleaned it up and found layers of old blood on the bayonet.

  • schizuki

    As a trooper of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders said after he and 20 of his comrades charged 100 Iraqi insurgents in Basra, “They don’t like it up ’em.”

    The bayonet still has a place.

    • anon

      That encounter actually reflects fairly poorly on the unit IMO.
      First of all they ran out of ammo, that means they where either rolling Blackhawk Down style: only carrying a handful of extra magazines expecting that they wouldn’t actually see combat, or that marksmanship standards in the British military are quite poor. I suspect it was likely the second case, since as I recall, out of the 100 some insurgents, only about 15 where killed by rifle fire.

      Second, they where facing a bunch of untrained militia, hardly crack opponents.

  • NickB

    I toast marshmellos with mine, evenly toasts them every time

  • Esh325

    “In today’s tech-heavy world, one can see how easily the un-trained, the uninformed and the un-educated could assume something as traditional as the bayonet is no longer needed or carried by our nation’s Combat Arms troops.”

    So according to the article if you doubt the use of the bayonet today that means you’re either untrained,uninformed, and uneducated and having a bayonet automatically makes you an ultra trained bad ass?

    • schizuki

      The first part is implied (and I agree), the second part is not.

      Also, the article is somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

  • StickShift

    I use my bayonets as letter openers.

  • Big Red One- Ramadi

    Ramadi, Iraq Nov/December’sh 2003; I was one of the only guys in my platoon not to sling their weapon due to the fact that I was highly proficient in fighting with my rifle (M16A4). We were about a quarter into our deployment when we were ordered to turn in our bayonets. Shortly after I got out; the Army did away with bayonet training. I always enjoyed; parry left, parry right, butt stroke, smash series… granted these fundamentals can still be applied through the use of aggressive muzzle devices and although jabbing and slashing may be seen as somewhat outdated. I still think fondly of the bayonet. It may not have a place in CQB, or in any LEO application, however, it can still be a useful tool on today’s battlefield.

  • Billy

    I use the pointed folding type on the end of an Chinese SKS as a cheep rest while shooting prone at a range works alright although a little hard on the tip.