I think you might be correct.
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Whacked by something hard but military life is like that especially on the losing side when everyone's throwing their weapons onto a heap at the end.
I think it's hard to say either way.
To remove the metal, not bend or distend it, I'd say shrapnel, or bullet, something moving very quickly.
(Although the flashguard is about the thinnest metal used on the mauser bayonet.)
Last edited by pitfighter; 10-21-2012 at 05:47 AM.
Fast moving metal certainly, especially with the edges of the gash in the metal splaying out a bit
As a Ex servicemen with PTSD, I see this quote in a different context
"Enjoy the war, as the peace will be unbearable"
in the first picture it looks like the piece of shrapnel is still stuck under the flash guard. to me that would take a much harder strike than from throwing it in a pile.