American "Plug" Bayonet, circa 1700-1725
This bayonet was designed to fit the various large caliber muskets commonly found in Colonial America in the 1700s. It was used
by "plugging" the wood hilt into the muzzle of the firearm's barrel. The problem this created was that the firearm was
rendered temporarily useless; even worse, more permanent if the "plug" bayonet became jammed and could not be removed. This design was
eventually replaced by the "socket bayonet" as the firearm could be fired with that design through the "muzzle" of the socket, while attached
to the barrel muzzle.
Typical attchment of a plug bayonet, overall view.
Typical attchment of a plug bayonet, close-up view 1.
Typical attchment of a plug bayonet, close-up view 2.
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