Elsewhere, Fox wrote:Intuatively it seems to me that [in re-enactment] it would be stupid to engage in hand to hand combat using a musket.
Firstly, how can you be absolutely certain that the weapon is "safe" before you start waving it around at someone at close range, and especially before you stick a knife in the end of the barrel.
Second, it's a relatively expensive piece of kit to be sticking on front of a sword or axe or similar that might cause some real damage.
Third, it can't be terribly safe to be firing a weapon that has been aggresively bashed about.
Since you lot do this sort of thing all the time, are my insticts correct?
However the objections sound slightly different:
steve stanley wrote:Bayonet fighting has been done in Lace Wars & NFOE...Heavily rehearsed.'cos there's no such thing as a blunt bayonet...............
Phil the Grips wrote:I can't see any way to do freeplay reenactment bayonet combat unless wearing cuirassier harness and totenkopf/savoyard helm
So what am I missing? Why are bayonets more dangerous than any other thrusting weapon?
Is it because no one makes a sufficiently safe bayonet?