How to Add an AK Bayonet to Your Gear

I recently purchased an AKM bayonet to replace the Ka-Bar I carry on my belt (I know, I can already feel the thousands of knife hands pointed at the screen as my jarhead brethren call me a traitor, lol). My reasons for this were as follows:

  • I want the ability to fix a bayonet on my rifle, and I use an AK.
  • I like the fact that an AK bayonet can be used as a wire cutter, among other things.
The Bayonet affixed to the sheath as a wire cutter.

However, there are no commercially available options (in stock, that I have found) to attach the bayonet sheath to modern combat equipment. The classic design utilized a leather frog, hanging from a loop on the ammunition belt. However, I wanted to hang it on my battle belt, which has MOLLE webbing.

I dug around my extra gear bin for a bit and got an idea. I have a couple of Tactical Tailor PRC-153 radio pouches, and I was able to modify one to hold the bayonet.

The process was remarkably simple. I opened up the pouch and made two cuts. I cut off the bungee clip first, and then the velcro strap on the bottom. Make sure you do NOT cut off the MOLLE strap on the back, or the whole thing is useless.

That was it. All I needed to do was place the sheath into the open pouch and close the velcro around it.

This allows me to draw the bayonet with ease. When I want to use the sheath as a wire cutter, I simply undo the velcro and pull it out. The whole thing works very well.

In the future, I may add a strap at the handle to hold the bayonet in. For the moment, though, it feels like the sheath has enough friction to hold it in place. I shall experiment further. If another strap is necessary, it will be a fairly simple modification to add.

That’s it. There may be better products that you can buy, but for $12 this is not a bad option. Don’t be afraid to modify your gear to fit your needs, it can save you quite a bit of money in the long run.

Published by vonsteubentraining

Mike is the owner and chief instructor of Von Steuben Training & Consulting (VSTAC). A self-described “Tactical Scholar,” he spent 6 years in the Marine Corps as a radio operator and small-unit tactics instructor. He has dedicated his life to honing the tactical prowess of himself and his fellow patriots, guided by the wisdom of his commanding officer, Jesus Christ. He can be contacted via email at

9 thoughts on “How to Add an AK Bayonet to Your Gear

    1. Answer: Yes, it just sits 2 inches higher. The Ka-Bar adapter is a good option if you want to run the bayonet on a vest or plate carrier, but the solution in the article above is better for belts so it doesn’t ride too high and poke your torso constantly.

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