Why the bayonet-knife for the Kalashnikov assault rifle is made fragile and unsharp

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Why the bayonet-knife for the Kalashnikov assault rifle is made fragile and unsharp
Why the bayonet-knife for the Kalashnikov assault rifle is made fragile and unsharp
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According to a number of experts, the bayonet-knife should have long been a thing of the past, because today there is no need for it. Now no one attacks the bayonet, especially since there are many different new types of weapons, more effective. And the bayonet-knife itself is dull: it is impossible to cut anything or injure them.

1. Manufacturing error or design peculiarity

A technical error could have been made in individual copies or batches, but this is unacceptable in the mass production of weapons
A technical error could have been made in individual copies or batches, but this is unacceptable in the mass production of weapons

A technical error could have been made in individual copies or batches. But in the mass production of weapons, this is unacceptable. It turns out that this particular version of the bayonet-knife should have been like this and there is no accident in this. For cuts and serious injuries resulting in death, as a rule, there were other models of knives, "Gyurza" or "Porcupine". So they were very sharp.

For cuts and serious injuries resulting in death, there were other models of knives, such as "Gyurza" and "Porcupine"
For cuts and serious injuries resulting in death, there were other models of knives, such as "Gyurza" and "Porcupine"

Sharpening of such knives is carried out periodically, and the sharpness lasts for a very long time, which is associated with the high-quality steel from which they are made. It is the sharpness that allows you to do everything quietly and as quickly as possible in case of application.

The bayonet-knife known to everyone today appeared in the sixties of the last century and was used together with AKM
The bayonet-knife known to everyone today appeared in the sixties of the last century and was used together with AKM

At the very beginning of the emergence of small arms, one of the most effective tactics was close combat. Then the bayonet-knife had a greater length. Over time, its design was revised, and the weapon itself was improved, removing a little length. In the original version, the need has disappeared. In battle, it was firearms that took the lead. Thus, the bayonet-knife known to everyone today appeared in the sixties of the last century and was used together with the AKM.

2. Key features

This weapon is designed specifically for bayonet attacks
This weapon is designed specifically for bayonet attacks

Designed for direct bayonet attacks. It is made of steel, which is quite fragile. Sharpening of a bayonet knife is performed at a steep angle and is one-sided. Used in conjunction with a Kalashnikov assault rifle. The main goal is to defeat the enemy by inflicting a stab wound. It turns out that you don't have to cut the knife bayonet. Its purpose is to stab.

To create a hole in wire fences, a bayonet-knife is used quite effectively
To create a hole in wire fences, a bayonet-knife is used quite effectively

It is used quite effectively to create a hole in wire fences. Only he does not cut galvanized wire, but cuts. No less well he saws through the branches of bushes or trees, a variety of reinforcement. They can even cut a live wire without consequences for themselves. The thing is that the scabbard and the product itself are covered with plastic.

On duty, the presence of only one bayonet-knife means an advantage for a soldier over unarmed opponents
On duty, the presence of only one bayonet-knife means an advantage for a soldier over unarmed opponents

Well, on duty, when a soldier has only a bayonet-knife in his arsenal, nothing of the kind needs to be done. This is a disciplinary approach in which the soldier is made to understand that he has an advantage over an unarmed person.

A bayonet-knife can quickly break, and this is equivalent to a malfunction of the weapon
A bayonet-knife can quickly break, and this is equivalent to a malfunction of the weapon

The sharpening on the scabbard assists in opening a can of canned food (stew) or a zinc box with cartridges. With a bayonet knife, you can hammer in a nail and chop wood, naturally not large. That is, in extreme conditions, when the right tool is not at hand, the bayonet-knife will perform the functions of both an ax and a hammer. But work with it should be extremely careful, since its basis is fragile. And it is almost impossible to sharpen it for the same reason. You don't need to use it for fun either. It can quickly break, and this is tantamount to a malfunctioning weapon.

3. Additional functionality

While on guard, a soldier can insert a small butt into the hole of a bayonet knife and calmly smoke without burning his lips, or set fire to a match
While on guard, a soldier can insert a small butt into the hole of a bayonet knife and calmly smoke without burning his lips, or set fire to a match

Soldiers are an inventive people, able to find a way out of any situation using tools that are absolutely not intended for this. For example, on guard duty, having a small cigarette butt, they can insert it into a small hole of the same bayonet-knife and calmly smoke without burning their lips. There are also those who set fire to a match against the plastic fiberglass base of this weapon. So, you can't do without a bayonet knife - the product is necessary and multifunctional.

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