Fri, 13 Aug 1999 14:06:43 -0700
At 12:03 8/13/1999 -0400, you wrote:
>On Fri, 13 Aug 1999, Richie Ramos wrote:
>> For example, there is the idea that the .45 caliber was supposed
>> to have been invented because of muslim jihad soldiers. also the fact
>Do you mean they invented a bigger caliber to kill more of the Arabs?
>When was that? Boy you learn something amazing everyday.
One can be a Muslim and not be an Arab -- Islam is a religion, not an
ethnicity or nationality.
But it was the adoption of the .45 ACP as the standard ammunition by the US
Army, not the invention of the .45 itself, that was inspired by a jihad.
Specifically, it was the revolt of the Moro, a Muslim Malay people living
in the south of Mindanao. The United States had acquired the Philippines
from Spain, along with Puerto Rico and Guam, as a consequence of the
Spanish American War in 1898. This precipitated a revolt in 1899. The
Moro warriors who participated in the uprising smoked hashish and worked
themselves up to a religious frenzy before attacking. The combination of
the drug's painkilling power and a belief that dying in battle was a ticket
to paradise made the Moro warriors almost unstoppable -- they kept on
coming until they were killed, which often took several hits from a .38 of
9mm. The Marines discovered that the Colt .45 ACP would drop a man with
one shot no matter how hopped up he might be. After revolutionary leader
Emilio Aguinaldo was driven off Malolos to Tarlac, things began to calm
down a bit and, by 1900, a general amnesty was declared by General Douglas
MacArthur. But the experience drove home the need for a "man-stopper"
military pistol, resulting in the adoption of the M1911A1 Colt .45 ACP as
the standard issue Army sidearm in 1912.
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