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Mounted Pistol Combat

I have been doing some research on the earliest use of automatic pistols in actual combat. The earliest recorded case I have found is Winston Churchill's use of a 10 shot 7.62x25mm (.30)caliber Model 1896 Broom Handle Mauser.
That cartridge had a fearsome reputation from the time it was introduced in 1896 tp today. . Churchill used one when he led B Troop of the 21st Lancers in the regimental cavalry charge at the battle ofOmdurman in 1898.

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"The Mauser was a real ripper. I fired all ten rounds in the magazine at point blank range, I killed 5 men for certain and wounded five more severly."

Not bad for his first time our!
 

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I have a grandfather (several times removed) who was a surgeon at the battle of Omdurman. It is said that he accounted for several of the enemy with a Colt SAA. Great Grand Dad wasn't British though, he was German. Go figure.

My favorite photo of Churchill is the one of him holding a Thompson SMG and smoking his cigar. The Nazis called him a gangster.

RIKA
 
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