M9 Bayonet


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LAR-15
February 24, 2008, 04:41 PM
Is this a poor survival tool?

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moojpg2
February 24, 2008, 09:01 PM
It's a great survival tool... it can cut stuff , chop an oak down, skin an elephant, chop the head off a zombie,etc :neener:


Really though, it's a little overkill as a survival/camp knife but it is a very stout blade and is versatile, it is just very large, kind of tough to do any detail work with it, carving, etc. Still a great survival tool though, and like i said above, you could pretty much chop a tree down with it if you had to, and you could certainly defend yourself with it as well.

MikeJackmin
February 25, 2008, 07:47 PM
It'll work, but there are much better choices. Try slicing an onion or cleaning a fish with a bayonet and you'll quickly discover their limitations.

Most 'survival' tasks seem to involve cutting wood; making fuzz sticks for a fire, putting points and notches on larger sticks to build shelters and cooking stands, maybe using the knife in combination with a baton to split wood into wedges. Add to that the usual knife stuff such as cutting rope, regular cooking chores, and opening packages, and you've got a good idea of what you'll need a knife to do.

Any good, single-edge camp knife would probably work fine; a ten-dollar Mora is pretty hard to beat if cost is a factor. Get a folding shovel, and a saw or a pack axe (saws are much safer) to manage the heavy work and you'll find that a smallish knife, maybe with a three inch blade, will be much handier and much more comfortable for handling most of the remaining tasks.

A brightly-colored handle and a trustworthy sheath will reduce the chances of loss. A sharpener is a good idea, too.

wideym
February 25, 2008, 08:18 PM
M9 bayonets are the worst designed bayonets ever to be issued. As an armorer I had a box full of broken M9s. The blade will not bend instead it will break off, the weak points are the wire cutter hole and the hilt. You also need to be careful of using the wire cutter so you don't cut off your fingers(it happened to at least 2 joes that I know of).

The blade is so thick you cannot do any fine cutting.

As for using it as it was intended(mounted on a rifle) it is a poor substituite for a M7, useful more for battering an opponent that stabbing.

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