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Old September 21, 2012, 11:34 AM   #1
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Question about America's last service revolver.

I was wondering exactly what was our last service revolver that we issued to our troops before we switched to the M1911.

If I did my research correctly I think it was the Colt 1903 in .38 Long Colt. I was also wondering if they make any modern replica's of the handgun.
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Old September 21, 2012, 11:43 AM   #2
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They revived the New Service in .45 Colt, due to shortcomings in the .38 Long Colt during the Moro insurrection. The gun had been around since 1898, but the ones adopted by the military were designated Model of 1909. (They also equipped NCOs with Winchester 1897 shotguns, to help counter Moro tactics.)

In WWI, the 1909 was modified for .45ACP, and became the Colt 1917.
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Old September 21, 2012, 11:46 AM   #3
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Very cool, I did not know that. Do they have a modern remake of said revolver?
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Old September 21, 2012, 11:52 AM   #4
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Actually, while I was serving in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Policeman back in the early sixties, we were issued variations of the Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver, chambered in .38 Special.

Edit: You might want to move this thread to the Revolver forum.
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Old September 21, 2012, 11:53 AM   #5
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45 colt

I belive I read some where that at the start of WWII the 45 colt in Smith and Wesson was used as there was a shotage of 1911's. But I may wrong.
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Old September 21, 2012, 11:56 AM   #6
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dgludwig, my initial pistol qual in the Navy was with the Model 15 .38, but the OP asked for the last issue revolver prior to the 1911.
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Old September 21, 2012, 12:23 PM   #7
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Posted in the wrong forum.

http://thefiringline.com/forums/anno...t.php?f=1&a=97

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