Plug bayonet / bawdy dagger

length: 15 1/4"
blade: 9"
blade width: 1 1/2"
grip and pommel: 6"
guard: 3 7/8"
weight: 7.8 oz

The mid to late 1600's were the age of the pike and musket. But how to efficiently combine the two? Viola, the plug bayonet - a dagger that fit into the muzzle of the musket! Okay, so maybe this earliest bayonet wasn't the best possible combination-weapon idea, but it was rather handy for those times when one didn't have enough time to reload (i.e. right after the "they're right on top of us! give fire! final volley had been fired.) The heyday of the plug bayonet didn't last long - by 1700 socket bayonets had replaced the plug bayonet as the infantryman's close-range weapon of choice. (Not that infantrymen of the time got much choice in how they were equipped).

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