July 13, 2008

The Facts About The .45 Caliber Why It Was Invented

I was watching the history channel last night and I learned something
about my beloved people the Moro (Moors).
The .45 Caliber was invented to stop the battle harden and very strong Filipino Muslim from
attacking the U.S. Army during the Filipino-American war.
I don't believe they ever used drugs to go to war but their natural strength and determination
to stop foreigners from invading Mindanao.

In response to problems encountered by American units fighting Moro guerrillas during the Philippine-American War, the then-standard .38 Long Colt revolver was found to be unsuitable for the rigors of jungle warfare, particularly in terms of stopping power, as the Moros had very high battle morale and frequently used drugs to inhibit the sensation of pain.
The U.S. Army briefly reverted to using the M1873 single-action revolver in .45 Colt caliber, which had been standard during the last decades of the 19th century; the slower, heavier bullet was found to be more effective against charging tribesmen. The problems with the .38 Long Colt led to the Army shipping new single action .45 Colt revolvers to the Philippines in 1902. It also prompted the then-Chief of Ordnance, General William Crozier, to authorize further testing for a new service pistol.

Following the 1904 Thompson-LaGarde pistol round effectiveness tests, Colonel John T. Thompson stated that the new pistol "should not be of less than .45 caliber" and would preferably be semi-automatic in operation.

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