The Best Pistol for Canada
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by James Stewart
Location: Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4X8, Canada
History affects us all. The echoes of decisions made centuries ago, continue to shape our lives, in ways both large and small. A case-in-point would be the current attempt by the Forces to procure a new service pistol.
As unlikely at it seems, the past and future of this acquisition is connected with United States involvement in the Spanish-American War of 1898. At the end of that conflict, the United States found itself in possession of the former Spanish colony of the Philippines. This fact was the cause of much rejoicing by the forces for Philippine independence — as represented by the First Philippine Republic — until, it became obvious, that the force of some 11,000 United States ground troops sent to the Philippines intended to stay.