The “Stinger Rapid Deployment Bayonet” was designed by an infantry Sargent in
service with the U.S. Army. During an evaluative training at Fort Bragg for
M.O.U.T. (Military Operations on Urban Terrain) the Sargent and his squad was
issued a task to clear a multi-level building containing an unknown number of
The structure containing numerous small rooms and stairwells made clearing the
area difficult. As the squad maneuvered they rotated the point man at each level.
The Sargent took his turn and entered a room to discover one of the enemy
combatants armed with a knife. He went to negotiate this threat when his
weapon experienced a failure to fire. Not having a sidearm (not issued) he
performed S.P.O.R.T.S. and in the process, the combatant closed the distance
quickly and marked him with a rubber knife covered in blue chalk line chalk. The
evaluator observing the squad then logged him out of the fight. Only a training mission, but still an eye opening experience.
If the Sargent had his bayonet on his weapon he could have changed this
outcome. However the physical environment, close quarter nature combined with
the dynamics of entry techniques made having a bayonet on his weapon
impractical and dangerous to every soldier within his squad. Placing a bayonet on
a weapon is a slow and cumbersome process. It forces one to draw their attention
away from the threat and may telegraph the soldiers intent. Not to mention increasing additional length in a situation where space is minimal.
The Stinger Rapid Deployment Bayonet solves these issues. Contained within it’s
own housing the Stinger can be attached to any Picatinny rail, adding minimal
weight and not adding any additional length until needed. By depressing a
ambidextrous release and pushing the forend forward the stinger can be
deployed and locked into position. When it’s no longer needed, depress the
release again and pull the forend rearward retracting the bayonet back into it’s housing. Making the device safe and out of public view allowing our soldiers a less
aggressive posture, an important consideration when in the eye of the media.