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19th Century

Drilling with real Enfield muskets and live steel bayonets.

Assaulting with wooden rifles. The padded tips are covered in cloth and held in place with cord.
A padded jacket and fencing mask would be advisable (as well as period)
But often troops did not have such luxuries!

Basics of the Bayonet

3 High Parries

St. George's Guard

Parry of High Quarte and Parry of High Tierce

4 Basic Parries and Fighting Stance

Parry of Quarte and Parry of Tierce

Basic Fighting Stance

Parry of Prime and Parry of Seconde

3 Basic Attacks With the Bayonet

The Thrust
The Thrust is made by full extension of the left arm. Note: Tod was retracting his arms after the attack when the photo was taken.
The Lunge
The Lunge is made with a full extension of the right arm, allowing the musket to slide through the left hand. The right knuckles will end up touching the left palm at the full extension of the Lunge
The Lunge-Out (Later known as "Throw-Point")
Perhaps the hardest to show in a still picture is the Lunge-Out maneuver, where the rifle is thrust out one handed with a body pivot and sometimes a passing step of the right foot. Doing a Lunge-Out with a heavy musket like these Enfields and then quickly recovering to the middle guard is quite a test of your wrist strength! This technique is an old one, seen as far back as the medieval longsword (DiGrassi describes it quite plainly in his True Art of Defense)

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