This type of bayonet was designed to fit into the muzzle of a musket and convert it into a pike. But doing this meant the musket was temporarily unable to fire. The plug bayonet was therefore quickly abandoned in favour of the socket bayonet, which fitted around the barrel of the musket and allowed it to fire.
Project: 6. Under a cloak of terror: violence and armed conflict in Europe.
Scope: Secondary Education, Higher Education
Resource type: Image
Source: National Army Museum, Formation gallery
Owner: Porto group (Modernalia)
Identifier: NAM. 1985-12-2-1
Copyright: National Army Museum Copyright
Abstract: Image of plug bayonet