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Old December 31, 2012, 01:53 PM   #11
James K
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Officially, pistols were issued to soldiers or Marines of any rank whose duties were such that carrying the standard rifle was not feasible. In some conflicts, depending on several factors, troops scrounged pistols if and when they could and carried them more or less openly.

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