Paper City Firearms "Stinger" Rapid Deployment Bayonet

by Miles

In what is most definitely the most ridiculous item of the entire SHOT show, Paper City Firearms out of Massachusets has on display this earth-shattering 4-pound tubular bayonet that sides in and out of a Picatinny mounted tube that can be attached to a corresponding rail. With the push of a button, the bayonet can be slid out of the tube, becoming fully extended and then locking in place. To withdraw the bayonet, one simply presses down on that underside button, allowing the bayonet to manually retract into the aluminum tube, also locking in place at the bottom. The bayonet itself is tubular, with a curve coming up from the blade tip, and a hollow portion in the center.

This is what the company had the device on at the booth-

And this is a company spokesman talking about the bayonet-

At TFB, I really do try my best to be as objective as possible. Even trying to see the practicality or use in items that the majority of the shooting world usually shuns. But I can’t bring myself to seeing a single practical use of this item in any real-world application. Even the scenario discusses in the video where an LE officer is confronted with two opponents can’t be fathomable because the salesman mentions that you don’t want to look down at your handgun when you draw it. This one detail throws out an entire eon of tactical training and mindset that involves not looking down at your handgun when you draw it from the holster during a transition.

But other than the Stinger, Paper City Firearms did have this neat new product on display. It was an M-Lok compatible vertical foregrip that came in three threaded sections, and an end cap. One could go from a full grip, to half, to essentially just a grip stop, with a single item, by sectioning each of the products.


Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I've made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at

More by Miles

Join the conversation
5 of 34 comments
  • Phil Hsueh Phil Hsueh on Feb 22, 2018

    I suppose that this device could be useful when going pig hunting. You go looking for pigs in some dense brush or what have you, you snap off some shots and miss and there's not enough time to swap mags then you just pop out your handy dandy pig sticker.

    • See 2 previous
    • Mazryonh Mazryonh on Feb 22, 2018

      @MediumSizeTex Might be better if the hog meat was donated to soup kitchens, but that kind of philanthropic opportunity and pest control made possible by culling the wild hog population generally isn't reported by the mainstream media.

  • Mazryonh Mazryonh on Feb 22, 2018

    Did the developers actually try this kind of blade shape out on pig carcasses or the like to see what kind of damage it might do? I don't recall seeing this kind of spear-point shape before on old pre-gunpowder melee weapons. Bayonet blade shapes have gone through a number of iterations before; the old epee bayonets used by the WWI French Army may have been light but probably did even less damage than a bullet given its small diameter spike (most modern rifle bullets yaw or fragment once inside someone to increase the amount of tissue damage done, which a simple metal spike used in melee can't do). Other problems with this bayonet's blade shape is that it looks like it might be difficult to sharpen after some hard use, and the fact that it doesn't look it could be used for non-combat tasks.

    The current knife bayonet system is based on the paradigm that a knife bayonet should both be a useful non-combat tool and a useful melee weapon once fixed to a long gun. The fact that this Stinger Bayonet doesn't look to have much in the way of non-combat uses, plus the fact that it weighs quite a bit more than a standard knife bayonet once attached makes it look more gimmicky than useful to me.