A gun is only as good as the number of bullets you have on hand. Once you run out, you’re out. Which is why many of us also carry an edged weapon on our person. Not our primary fighting tool but it’s there in a pinch.
For some, though, the ideal situation is to marry these two systems. To mount your blade on your gun. While this may have fallen out of fashion some time ago, maybe it’s starting to come back. At SHOT this year we got a chance to preview the Stinger, a retractable bayonet spike purpose-built for AR-pattern rifles.
While many readers publicly bashed the Stinger in the comment section, I think privately many were at the very least intrigued. Well, I know that’s the case, tens of thousands of you read the article.
Recently, I’ve come across another modern bayonet that has actually been around for a few years. The Mk1 Savage from Bluntforce. I reached out to the company for details. Craig, over at Bluntforce, was kind enough to respond.
“Inspired by the earlier spike or ‘pigsticker’ bayonets of the 18th century, we have updated the cruciform design to bring it into the 21st century, using 5-axis CNC machining and modern materials such as high carbon and high chromium AISI D2 tool steel, an extremely tough and durable hard wearing steel, all blades undergo our proprietary hardening and tempering techniques utilizing the latest technologies to bring about the maximum performance” explained Craig.
“Blades are coated in either black DLC diamond-like carbon coating or a high polish chrome finish for added corrosion resistance,” he continued. “The industry standard mil-spec Picatinny rail mount allows it to be easily attached to a variety of firearms including rifles, shotguns and even pistols.”
Before you start to laugh, get this. The MK1 Savage is sold out! That’s right. “Due to the extremely high demand we are currently sold out but hope to have more units in stock within the next few months,” said Craig.
We’re hopefully going to get one in for a full review. Until then, if you want to get your name on a waiting list or follow the development of the next batch you can sign up for their mailing list.