Originally Posted by 84RFK
Home defense is not an issue where I live, but should the need arise there's always something here that could utilized for that purpose as well.
And in that case, my old Martini Greener is by far more handy than my Wingmaster.
As for body armour, in a close combat situation it will prevent you from get pierced by whatever projectile that hit you, but it will not prevent you from being slammed up against a wall and end up a pile of man gasping for air on the floor afterwards...
As for blades, I can't really remember being without some kind of egded instrument since the age of 7, where I live a knife is considered a tool and we'd be lost without it.
While in service I had a US Marines knife strappet to my gear, our issued pocket-knife in the left chest-pocket, and since we wasn't issued bayonets I was hauling a M1 Garand bayonet around just to keep our NCO's properly anoyed.
Would love to get my hands on a Shaska though!
Bayonettes are great. Modern Kalashnikov bayonettes are short, you can carry it like a regular knife
That little Cossack boy with his grandfather (I assume) has a AKM Naval Infantry (Marine)-issue bayonette in his belt. I suppose they decided a kinzhal
is too big for him yet
This is what our boys normally carry
Shashkas are for adult men only