Thread: .30 Carbine S&W
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Old February 2, 2013, 01:02 PM   #23
Mike Irwin
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One big reason why Naval boarding parties carried handguns is because they could used them in the highly confined spaces under decks without running into maneuverability issues. A pistol also allowed them to carry another primary weapon, such as a cutlass or a boarding axe.

Blunderbuss-type weapons were also used because they were short, but they also required two hands, which was considered a liability.
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