This article was originally posted on Thefirearmblog.com
In what is most definitely the most ridiculous item of the entire SHOT show, Paper City Firearms out of Massachusets has on display this earth-shattering 4-pound tubular bayonet that sides in and out of a Picatinny mounted tube that can be attached to a corresponding rail. With the push of a button, the bayonet can be slid out of the tube, becoming fully extended and then locking in place. To withdraw the bayonet, one simply presses down on that underside button, allowing the bayonet to manually retract into the aluminum tube, also locking in place at the bottom. The bayonet itself is tubular, with a curve coming up from the blade tip, and a hollow portion in the center.
This is what the company had the device on at the booth-
And this is a company spokesman talking about the bayonet-
At TFB, I really do try my best to be as objective as possible. Even trying to see the practicality or use in items that the majority of the shooting world usually shuns. But I can’t bring myself to seeing a single practical use of this item in any real-world application. Even the scenario discusses in the video where an LE officer is confronted with two opponents can’t be fathomable because the salesman mentions that you don’t want to look down at your handgun when you draw it. This one detail throws out an entire eon of tactical training and mindset that involves not looking down at your handgun when you draw it from the holster during a transition.
But other than the Stinger, Paper City Firearms did have this neat new product on display. It was an M-Lok compatible vertical foregrip that came in three threaded sections, and an end cap. One could go from a full grip, to half, to essentially just a grip stop, with a single item, by sectioning each of the products.