Roosevelt's Smith & Wesson revolver chambered in .38 Long Colt, as was the Model 1892
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    Roosevelt's Smith & Wesson revolver chambered in .38 Long Colt, as was the Model 1892

    First, the link:

    https://www.nrablog.com/articles/201...no-3-revolver/

    Very clever on Theodore Roosevelt's part to have ordered this, as it is in .38 Long Colt, the same round for which the Colt Model 1892 was chambered. Thus, it is obvious that Roosevelt did take delivery of this just prior to training Rough Riders in San Antonio, Texas. Surely, he would not have ordered this in .38 Long Colt otherwise, due to the poor ballistics of the .38 Long Colt round: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.38_Long_Colt

    Specifically, "
    The cartridge's relatively poor ballistics were highlighted during the Philippine–American War of 1899–1902, when reports from U.S. Army officers were received regarding the .38 bullet's inability to stop charges of frenzied Moro juramentados in the Moro Rebellion, even at extremely close ranges.[5][6][7][8] A typical instance occurred in 1905 and was later recounted by Col. Louis A. LaGarde:
    Antonio Caspi, a prisoner on the island of Samar, P.I. attempted escape on Oct. 26, 1905. He was shot four times at close range in a hand-to-hand encounter by a .38 Colt's revolver loaded with U.S. Army regulation ammunition. He was finally stunned by a blow on the forehead from the butt end of a Springfield carbine.[9]
    Col. LaGarde noted Caspi's wounds were fairly well-placed: three bullets entered the chest, perforating the lungs. One passed through the body, one lodged near the back and the other lodged in subcutaneous tissue. The fourth round went through the right hand and exited through the forearm.[10]
    As an emergency response to the round's unexpectedly dismal performance, the U.S. Army authorized officers to carry M1873 Colt Single Action Army revolvers, chambered in .45 Colt, and issued from reserve stocks."

    All other Rough Riders were issued Colt Model 1892 revolvers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colt_M1892

    Ordering an engraved revolver was a bit of showmanship on Roosevelt's part. However, surely he could have ordered an engraved Model 1892 revolver, if desired, or purchased one, surely. I suspect the reason for this is because Roosevelt knew that the Smith & Wesson New Model No 3 revolver was the superior of the two revolvers in loading and unloading on horseback. Simply break open the revolver and load six rounds or eject six spent cartridges. The Colt Model 1892 was far superior to the Colt 1873 in loading and unloading rounds, as the former required pulling the hammer back to half cock and rotating the cylinder six times to load or eject spent cartridges. At least the Colt Model 1892 contained a cylinder that opens and closes. On horseback, I imagine this would bounce about a bit, which is disadvantageous relative to the more stable cylinder of the Smith & Wesson New Model No 3.

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    2006 - Sixteen years after it went missing, the revolver that Teddy Roosevelt carried during the Spanish-American War has been returned.

    The Colt revolver, which disappeared in 1990 from a display case that police said had been jimmied open at the Sagamore Hill National Historical Site, was returned to the museum Wednesday.

    It was recovered by the FBI after someone called the museum with a tip in September, according to Robert Goldman, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia who led the Justice Department's investigation along with the FBI's Art Crime unit.

    The pistol was originally salvaged from the wreck of the USS Maine, whose mysterious sinking in Havana's harbor fueled the public outrage that led to war.

    Roosevelt got the .38 caliber gun from a brother-in-law who served as a Navy captain, and carried it with him when he rode to war with the Volunteer Cavalry Regiment he helped form.

    They were better known as 'the Rough Riders', and my GG-Uncle rode with G Troop...

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    Back in 2011, Jim Supica did a video for the National Firearms Museum on this gun.

    It provides the connection between posts #1 and 2

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqWUh-U7sxQ
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