Originally Posted by RL357Mag
Didn't Teddy Roosevelt have problems stopping drug-crazed enemies with the .38 revolver? I believe the Colt SAA in .45 LC received high honors during that campaign.
Don't thik it was during the Spanish-American War, but the Phillipine occupation that followed, with the Moro revolt. Some old Colt Single Action revolvers were recalled and refurbished, having their original barrels cut to 5 1/2" from the original 7 1/2" lengths. In addition to these the Army purchased a number of rod-ejector Model 1878 Double Action revolvers, designating them Model 1902 models.
But the ammunition furnished was not the .45 Colt but the .45 S&W round that had been adopted in 1875. The long .45 M1909 cartridge came into use with the M1909 Colt New Service and remained in used until the .45 ACP was adopted in 1911. I have some M1909 rounds made by Frankford arsenal in 1913, so the .45 auto didn't immediately come on board.