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Philippine Scouts

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.

p.122


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