The fleet has recently been supplied with a new weapon in the way of small arms, and the writer feels that a few remarks upon its advantages and its use may not come amiss at this time. The 45 caliber Colt's automatic revolver has been received by the navy with more or less suspicion, simply because it is a radical departure from the six-shooter type of gun. The newest recruit takes naturally to the old type—it is the kind of weapon with which he has been more or less familiar from his earliest boyhood, but when he first takes an automatic in his hand he feels about as much at home as a fish out of water. As it is an entirely new departure nearly everybody is ignorant of its operation and its advantages, hence these notes.
To begin with, the automatic has the following advantages over the weapon it supersedes:
1. It is of greater caliber and may be depended on to "stop" a man, where the 38 caliber would not immediately disable him.
2. It may be loaded with greater ease and rapidity. This takes into consideration the fact that under service conditions a number of extra clips, loaded and ready for instant use, would be carried in a specially designed belt.