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One of the primary uses for a bayonet of pretty much any type was, and still is, for guarding prisoners and crowd control in general-pointy sharp steel has a visual element that still works, especially if you don't want to mow down the first 6 rows of a group of civilians with your assault rifle.
The Australian army was looking at using surplus SLR bayos with modified handles for the Steyr F88 Aug as we had stocks of new ones in store before deciding on M9 types instead back in the late 80s.
 

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On Okinawa in the late 60's there were some "Riots". Local Okinawa residents marching in protest but a nucleus of radical Japanese students coming down from Japan to stir things up. We had M16's with M7 bayonets. Somehow the word got out that one student had "Volunteered" to be slashed by another student, then thrust in front of the cameras, Look what the bad Americans had done. Unknown to that student, was that other students were going to push him onto a bayonet, and let that make the evening TV news. The next day, no M16's, no M7 bayonets, we all had pick axe handles. John
 

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Sneaky devils!
 

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It is a blade a knuckle duster and a skull cracker all in one. Very handy break the jaw slash the face crack the skull all in one motion.
 

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The The Sirhander MK2 handle looks quite similar to what a buddy has on display in his gun shop. 18" long handle with the bayonet fittings only on one end of the handle. No pick axe or shovel on the other. Will fit the spike bayonet and the #9 bayonet. Sound familiar to anyone?. Frank
 

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Do you mean this?
An entrenching tool helve with a Mk.4 bayonet as a mine probe.
View attachment 3875122
That has a practical purpose. Handle can be stowed and carried with the web gear it was designed for. Same for the bayonet and the helve head.
The ZA handle for the bayonet....I suppose the bayos would stow with common gear. The handle could be crammed into a basic pouch or an additional one.
Certainly too top heavy to ride assembled with standard gear. So, once assembled does it come with an extra tool to activate the catch to get it apart again??

That is impractical and more clumsy than the No7 ever was.
(shaking head but smiling)
 

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Even into the 1970's MPs used the handles (no bayonet) as a truncheon!
 
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