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Old January 27, 2014, 11:45 PM   #45
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And the M1911 is still in production and widely regarded as THE handgun for military or self defense use.
AFAIK only the Italians and the Austro-Hungarians used the Mannlicher clip-the Austro-Hungarians and the Canadians were the only major armies to field straight pull rifles, the Ross was weighed in the balance and found wanting.
In WWI Italy suffered about 655,000 KIA out of a population of about 40 million, in WWII about 240,000 KIA out of a population of about 45 million. If the US had suffered similar losses we would have about 1 million KIA in WWI and probably about 750,000 KIA in WWII. The problem with the Italian Armed Forces was not the rank and file but the higher leadership.
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