POTD: Combat Corps a Corps with Bayonets on HK416Fs

Eric B
by Eric B
Hand to Hand combat with the Heckler & Koch HK416F in our Photo Of The Day. This is the place if you’re looking for moments where a photographer captures soldiers and their firearms in interesting situations or places. Today we’re looking at the 35e régiment d’infanterie in France as they train melee with the bayonets on their HK416Fs.
This is the SG 2000 WC-F bayonet manufactured to the French specifications. This bayonet has a wedge in about 1/3:rd of the length of the blade. Using the adapter it can take a weight up to 80 kilograms without breaking.
Below: Beware of sharp edges.
All pictures from Armée de Terre (France), Matthieu L. of the 35e régiment d’infanterie.
If you want to see more bayonets there are plenty of choices: The Bayonet Mount from Geissele Automatics, Building a Better M9 Bayonet with Nate Summers and French Foreign Legion With Heckler & Koch HK416F and Bayonets where you’ll find links if you want to buy an SG2000WC yourself.
Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Tony Fernndez Tony Fernndez on May 16, 2021

    Do they carry a Beretta 92 on the right side ?

  • Richard kluesek Richard kluesek on May 17, 2021

    The bayonet will never be obsolete as long as there is rope or bootlaces to cut, cans and containers to open, crates to pry lids off, and enemy guts to eviscerate and scalps to take. And mail to be opened by Gen'eral Officers and fat old crusty retired civilian buff collectors paying taxes for these and other toys.

    • Mazryonh Mazryonh on May 17, 2021

      @richard kluesek "There are no obsolete weapons, only obsolete tactics." This is due to the fact that human anatomy hasn't changed significantly in our long history of violent conflict--thrown rocks kill us dead just as well as the latest and greatest weaponry available. So bayonets will always have a place on the human-dominated battlefield.

      Having said that, some types of bayonets have been found obsolete by the majority of the world's armed forces, mainly because they don't have the out-of-combat utility that knife bayonets that double as utility knives do. You don't see anyone issuing sword bayonets anymore for instance, despite how much more effective they might be in close combat compared to a knife bayonet.

      Still, a few pine for a more effective melee weapon than just a knife bayonet (especially when not fixed to a rifle). You can take a look at one proposal for a modern short sword here: