Proposal: Make the bayonet unattached at spawn. Player option to attach/remove it at will.
Outcomes: Improve accuracy by a few percentage points with no bayonet?
Melee: Possible use of rifle butt, requiring much closer proximity but no less silly than fist fighting.
This is something friends and I have been discussing lately mainly because we fair poorly in melee and would rather have a bit more accuracy (historically and factually true) without the bayonet attached. Period tactics would be a volley, maybe two, then charge but that is so seldom enacted, at least currently, that I think most players would opt to attach the bayonet prior to making an assault versus the typical stand-off and snipe/loose or heavy skirmishing that dominates now.