Originally Posted by c3shooter
Dillinger- agree with everything you said- EXCEPT that bit about the Luger. I know was submitted for trials, but not aware that was ever accepted. IIRC, the standard Army sidearm at the time of the Moro Insurrection was a revolver, in cal .38 Colt. Which really sucked for stopping power. Which resulted in the "45 cal" spec from Gen Thompson.
Nope. It's true bro. The DWM Luger was in full service from 1900 up until about 1904/1906.
It's true that there were .38 Colts in use by officers during the Moro Insurrection, they also later used Colts, revolvers, chambered for .45 caliber - which may or may not have led to Gen Thompson's claims. History is somewhat gray in this part as to what caused the general's claims.
There are several sources, but one thing is definite, that neither the Luger, nor the Colt's were effective enough to stop the drug induced fighters from the Phillipine regions.
In any event, there was a Standard put forth by the military and John Browning submitted his version of a self loading pistol, that was one of six tested, and eventually won the contract.