Marines, Aussies & Kiwis hone their bayonet skills

    The US Army may have abandoned the bayonet, but the art of the bayonet is alive and well elsewhere. Earlier this month, at the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting 2011, Australians, New Zealanders and US Marines participated in a joint bayonet exercise. reports

    U.S. Marines with Marine Shooting Detachment Australia, Australian Army soldiers and New Zealand Army soldiers executed a bayonet course here May 15 under the watchful eye of Australian Army Maj. Gen. David Morrison, commanding general, Forces Command.

    The bayonet course was one of more than 100 events held during the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting 2011 (AASAM), an annual, international meeting dedicated to combat marksmanship.

    “The bayonet course had you sprint up and stab the target and shoot five rounds at the 100 meter line within 20 seconds, and then advance to the 50 (meter line) to shoot five more rounds,” said Sgt. Brandan Jansan, competitor, Combat Shooting Team, Weapons Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Quantico.

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