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  1. There were 1,000 of the S&W M&P Model 1899's and another 1,000 Model 1902's purchased by the US Navy. I have one of the oder 1899's myself and I have seen a Model 1902 with numbers stamped on the Backsgrap. I have seen some people say they are rack numbers for the arsenal on the ship or station. Is that really what they are, or are they the ship number? Such as BB-1 USS Indianapolis, or PG-42 USS Villalobos, or other ship numbers? I am sure there are some Navy guys out there who know exactly what they are. Also is there any way to know what ship or station post they may have been assigned to? Thanks!

    S&W 1899 Navy Strap stamp.jpg

    S&W 1902 Navy 4.jpg

  2. I am not 100% sure this is the right place to post this, but here goes. I was reading on the USMC Weaponry site about the 1898 Krags issued and used by the Marines. I have also purchased and read "Equiping the Corps" by Alex Tulkoff. Between those two sources it seems to me that there were about 1,000 model 1898 Krags issued to the Marines and then they were sent to Nicaragua and Haiti. According to the USMC Weaponry site, there are only two documented and known USMC issued 1898 Krags found. (#231425, and #257294) Is that correct, or is it outdated information? Kind of makes those a Holy Grail for USMC collectors if that is the case.

  3. On 4/25/2011 at 6:23 PM, Alec said:



    Kat- I wish I knew when I could find the time. A two year old son and a business have taken precedence and a wife. She'd kill me if I forgot to mention her :pinch:

    I have purchased the book and am very pleased with it. I am trying to put together a uniform for shooting in our club. I have most of it but have not had any luck finding a correctly styled reproduction hat for the 1898-1900 time period. I am also a collector of Smith & Wesson 1899's. I know the US Navy purchased 1,000 of them and I have three of those pistols. My favorite one to shoot is S&W serial #5170 which caries US Navy #34.I have been searching for records to collaborate the S&W serial #'s with the US Navy #'s without any luck so far. Anyway, I saw that you had the Colts listed as being used by the USMC, but did the USMC also use the Smith & Wessons model 1899/s the US Navy purchased? If so, are there any pictures of that? Love the book and I use it as a reference all the time.

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