Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Colt Model 1892 US Army DA .38

  • Action: Double Action Only
  • Swing out 6 round cylinder
  • Barrel Length: 6"
  • Weight: 2lbs
  • Cartridge Caliber: .38 Long Colt Black-powder (146 grain lead bullet)
  • Muzzle Velocity: 750 fps
  • Service: 1892 - 1908

Side arm issued to nearly all US military branches in 1892 in order to replace the .45 S&W Schofield revolver as well as the Colt 1873 SAA .45 revolvers. The double action was considered to be a break through in firearm technology and an improvment to single action handguns. It is important to note, many old .45 revolvers were still kept in service up to the issue of the Colt M1911 auto pistol. The smaller .38 caliber performed miserably once it saw action during the Philippine Campaign; failing to adequately stop/drop an assailant from charging. Namely the Pulajanes of the Visayas region and the Juramentado Moros. Officers serving in the Philippines would issue a recall and send requests for the old issued .45 revolvers. The .38s were soon replaced by old service revolvers like the 1878 Alaskan Colt. Colt would later manufacture an updated .45 revolver in 1909; and a few years later, the ever popular M1911 Colt .45ACP auto pistol.

US Cavalry Soldiers posing with Colt .38 revolvers and Krag Carbines.

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