I believe the vouge for those that really want to keep their bayonet handy is to push the scabard into the space found behind one of the larger pouches then fix it in place with a handy zip tie for that 'just bodged' look.
Of course day sack or pouch is also a good suggestion, unless you are due to join the thin red line in fuzzy wuzzy land, running down swarms of pigmys carrying nothing more dangerous than some mixed fruit.
I was waiting for that so had this response prepared. Do you honestly think it went from
"Doopdee doo I'm on patrol" to "DIE BY MY SHARP PIECE YOU CHOGGI SCUM" in an instant. Nope They were briefed up on what was coming and like always have some time to prepare. Go in day sack grab spare ammo and Bayonet. Ask Figian if he wants to become the Section grenadier. That kind of thing.
Before you tell me otherwise I have that on good authority from two very reliable sources! Apparently there was a prominent lull!
If you say so mate, and I don't really disagree with your point, however just think how embarrassed Pte Atkins would have been if his daysack (mit pigsticker) was out of the way in the wagon that had just f*cked off in the opposite direction when Sgt Bloodthirsty ordered "Fix bayonets". I'm not an infantryman, so on ops, my bayonet has usually been in a rocket pouch or daysack as you suggest. An infantryman's far more likely to need his bayonet at little to no notice than me(hopefully), so I would suggest it would be a good idea to keep it with his CEFO or equivalent.
Your comment "Gone are the days of drawing swords" seems to be slightly wide of the mark either way, as a bayonet charge WAS carried out. Damned effectively by all accounts too!
Thatchreed/Webtex/Viper have claimed that their kit is now IRR - however when subjected to IR illuminators they light up like Blackpool Tower.
Perhaps they thought no-one would check...
Actually Webtex is damaging the industry quite heavily.
A very large number of retailers have cut down on the amount of real webbing they purchase from reputable manufacturers because of the low prices/high markup offered by this low grade kit.
Ultimately this could lead to many (most ?) of the proper manufacturers going bust, thus reducing the amount of quality webbing available to us.
Saving a bit of dosh on cheap kit might well turn out to be a false economy.
Must hang my head in shame as i have sold Webtex kit in the past. Their concept of getting PLCE pattern kit at more affordable prices, was i think originally a good one, mainly to break the hold of the likes of Si*******s on that type of stuff. As I sell on Ebay (mea culpa) they no longer supply me as to quote their phone jockey " we want to improve the profile of our stock ". After much laughter on my behalf I informed him that it really couldn't get any higher as it was not IRR and most fell apart after heavy use. His reply was that they really didn't care about that side of things. Thankfully I now get most kit from Rangemaster like the ARRSE shop but i can see how many retail outlets are inflating their prices on certain kit due to its Gucci rating i.e a certain item that costs Â£54 from the manufacturer and retails for Â£129
Just a suggestion, but I have done this with mine (not a web-tex!).
1. Select one of the pouches with space to the side of it - mark appropriate "popper" holes to the outside of the pouch.
2. Make 2 small cuts in hte skin of said pouch.
3. Attach bayonet frog by putting the poppers through the holes previously cut.
4. Insert whatever you like into the bayonet frog
Seemed a good idea when I first saw it - only modification I have made is the addition of a bungee, as you would to any webbing.