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"Favorite Part of the Bayonet (Round 1)" Topic

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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 4:29 a.m. PST

Well, speaking only for the socket-type bayonets on ACW muskets, I have to say that the my favorite thing is the SOUND. When I'd order my battalion to fix bayonets and I'd hear the clinking, rattling sound of a couple hundred bayonets being fixed, it gave me shivers :)

advocate20 Apr 2017 5:05 a.m. PST

Today we have naming of parts…

zoneofcontrol20 Apr 2017 5:16 a.m. PST

At first I really couldn't choose, but I finally decided to take a stab at it.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 5:43 a.m. PST

How can you have no opinion on this??!

TKindred Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 5:47 a.m. PST

What Scott says. You haven't really heard the sound of death rising up from the earth until you've heard some 800 men fixing their socket bayonets into place on a cool quiet morning, with the dew on the ground and the damp haze still misting through the trees and bush.

There's this stillness, then a single voice cries "BATTALION!……. FIIIIIIX……. BAYONETS!"

I's followed by a low hollowed thud as hundreds of muskets butt plates hit the earth at once, then a metallic clink and ringing locking sound as the bayonets are fitted, and then a sort of low slap as the muskets come back to order arms.

It is indeed a chill, and a small knot in your belly if you have any sort of imagination at all. It is something that, once heard, can never be forgotten.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 6:08 a.m. PST

Today we have naming of parts…

And this is the polling swivel
Which in our case we have not got.


hetzer Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 7:32 a.m. PST

The "spirit" of the bayonet is my favorite part.

Private Matter20 Apr 2017 9:29 a.m. PST

Any part of the bayonet that is NOT pointing at me is good by me.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 9:44 a.m. PST

Blade is a bit of an obvious choice.

I suspect it'll win.

MajorB20 Apr 2017 10:28 a.m. PST

"Favorite Part of the Bayonet"

?? How on earth can you have a "Favorite Part" of a Bayonet???

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member20 Apr 2017 12:35 p.m. PST

"The Business End."

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 1:00 p.m. PST

Favorite part?

Simple when you get to stick it into the enemy.

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 1:01 p.m. PST

I was going to say the "sharp, pokey part". Instead I'll go with ScottWashburn. I love that eerie clinking of my company fixing bayonet.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 3:11 p.m. PST

?? How on earth can you have a "Favorite Part" of a Bayonet???

How can you not ???????


Kevin in Albuquerque Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 7:33 p.m. PST

I'm with Mithmee, but let's consider poinking the poll creator.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 8:23 p.m. PST

The can-opening part.

VicCina Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2017 8:35 p.m. PST

Any part that isn't being stuck in me, is a favorite part.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2017 4:47 a.m. PST

Another vote for Scott's eloquent description – the command FIIIXXX BAYONETS carries an elemental certainty to it

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2017 4:55 a.m. PST

I'll remind folks that this idea was born under the title: "What poll idea should never seriously be entertained?"

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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Apr 2017 6:40 a.m. PST

Frederick, actually TKindred was the eloquent one, but yes, those of us who have heard it never forget it. That sound MEANS BUSINESS! :)

Buff Orpington Inactive Member21 Apr 2017 10:00 a.m. PST

The handle, please do not point any other part of it at me. Having once been evicted from Heroes Square in Limassol, Cyprus at bayonet point by the National Guard I have strong views on the matter.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2017 6:52 p.m. PST

It's a situational thing, really. Are you using your bayonet to open canned goods, or to hold your candle in place for letter-writing?

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