Geissele Automatics, a leader in fighting rifles, components and accessories, has identified a void in the current world of tactical rifles. As many rifle manufacturers, including Geissele, adopt free-floating rails, low-profile gas blocks and exotic muzzle devices, they’ve given up the ability to fix bayonets. That changes with the new SSBM, or Super Stabby Bayonet Mount.
“The Super Stabby Bayonet Mount (SSBM) allows Picatinny integration of stabby accessories to your handguard,” explains Geissele. “Made from 7075-T6 aluminum it is both extremely rigid and lightweight.
“The SSBM is optimized for the M9 Bayonet and is compatible with bayonets that interface with the M16 Mil-SPEC bayonet lugs and front barrel or muzzle rings. It only requires 5 Picatinny sections to be mounted.”
The bayonet mount comes with a pretty broad disclaimer. Geissele has only tested the SSBM with their rifles and rails. Other guns and components may not be built to the same standards, which might compromise the system.
The idea is nothing new. Bayonet adapters have been in use for well over a century with militaries around the world. They allow users to keep using bayonets already in inventory with newer arms.
It is a little — or a lot — anachronistic, but even with the widespread adoption of sidearms, nothing has ever truly replaced the bayonet. Whether it’s for serious use or just a bit of fun, this greatly expands the ability for modern rifle users to retain the time-tested bayonet.
The SSBM isn’t heavy but it’s not featherweight at 5.7 ounces. It uses a Picatinny mounting system for maximum compatibility with rails, handguards, forends and all sorts of other possibilities.
The sheer number of ways to use a Picatinny bayonet adapter are so great that it’s no wonder that Geissele won’t guarantee the SSBM on anything other than their own products.
And even though it’s fairly tough, with a body constructed of 7075-T6 alloy aluminum, it might not work with some muzzle devices and combos, which could damage the mount or gun or both.
Geissele is quick to remind users to always employ proper safety standards and equipment when setting up and using firearms with fixed bayonets. The SSBM requires 5 Picatinny rail slots for installation and is compatible with M9 and similar bayonets.
Pricing starts at $150 for the mounts with a black anodized finish and goes up to $165 for olive drab and desert dirt colors.
For more info about the SSBM and the best and only handguards recommended for use with them, visit Geissele Automatics online.