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Posted by Stephen B. McCartney on Wednesday, 15 January 2020, at 10:32 p.m.
We tend to forget, regarding the Filipinos, their shorter stature. Trapdoor carbines were issued, in part, due to this realization. So, perhaps cadet rifles, too, were also issued. The Annual Report of Major General George W. Davis (I already forget the circa 1903 date). for the Philippine Department, states:
The Springfield carbine, issued to Scouts,
has given rise to frequent complaints. The
arms are old and not perfect; but a good
part of the difficulty is due to the fact
that the native lacks familiarity with his
weapon, and its proper care. Complaints in
regard to the firing pins, most of which
are of steel. are frequent. These are
rapidly being replaced by bronze pins
which are satisfactory.
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