Books and research are essential to successful collecting. One of the best ways to avoid making bad purchases is to know enough about what you are buying, that you don’t have to rely on the seller for anything.  One of the great satisfactions in collecting is making good finds.  Through research on your finds, you get to make additional discoveries of the history behind the pieces in your collection. A lot of the enjoyment that I get out of collecting comes from the discoveries that I make through reading and research.

The following pages contain listings of my favorite bayonet and firearms reference books or you can access a searchable catalog of the full reference library. I add books to my library frequently, so check back periodically to see what I’m studying. Also included below are bayonet articles authored by myself and others; diagrams showing the basic terminology used to describe bayonets, our bayonet history timeline, and, other information on bayonet makers and markings.

Bayonet Books in my Library

Firearms Books in my Library


Bayonet Reference Material—lots of good stuff in here.

Bayonet History Timeline—read about key milestones in the bayonet's history, from the 1500s to the present day.

Bayonet Terminology Diagrams—diagrams showing the basic terminology used to describe bayonets, scabbards, and frogs.

Glossary of Bayonet Terms—definitions of common bayonet terms.

The Online Reference Library

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