During an extensive period of active service in the Northwest, while an officer in the United States Army, commanding Indian Scouts, and while Tactical Instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, the author made a searching study of fire-arms hoping he might discover or invent an arm thoroughly suited for military service in the field. During his association with the Umatilla Indians and when he captured the tribe of hostile "Sheepeater" Indians, in the Salmon River Mountains of Idaho in 1879, he had a great variety of arms at his disposal for the purpose of making comparisons. No two Indians possessed arms of the same pattern and caliber; and, yet with few exceptions each thought his arm possessed special features of merit. At that time the Springfield, caliber .45, was the Service arm. It had numerous features of merit, and with the possible exception of its large caliber, was in every way superior to the Krag-Jorgensen rifle, the arm at present used by the United States Army.
Farrow, Edward S. American Small Arms; a Veritable Encyclopedia of Knowledge for Sportsmen and Military Men. New York: Bradford, 1904. Print.
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