I have recently purchased a Philippine Alaskan. I also see these referred to as Philippine Constabularys. Is this just the terminology or is there a difference? It has the US the JTT and RAC markings on it.
Also, as to the enlarged trigger guard being to allow gloves to be used, a side-by-side comparison shows that the trigger guard is extended downward, not forward, and that there is no more room in front of the trigger than on the "plain" 1878.Philippine Constabulary is a correct description since virtually all of them went to the Philippines.
Thanks for the post and the addtional information. I do not have the answer either. But, I like the Philippine story better than the Alaskan glove story. Regards.hwjhfs - That is the $64,000 question. My studies included material from the NRA to a warrior group from the Philippines and nobody has mentioned just where or to what unit the "Alaskan" Colt, AKA the 1878 DA Frontier Model, AKA the 1902 Philipppine Constabulary Model, was actually going. If you know, pray tell us! I suspect this is one of those cases wjere legend has become fact, which I may be guilty of passing on...
That is pretty common in societies that predominantly go bare footed....the big toe is splayed out from the other 4 toes exactly as depicted in the picture aboveCheck out the big toe of the left foot of that guy on the right side of the picture!