The Colt Model 1895 Automatic Machine Gun Used
by Marines at Guantanamo
Contributed by Doug Howser
Original Navy Colt Model 1895 Machine Gun, mounted
on a tripod. This weapon was used by the Marines at Guantanamo. (Image
courtesy of the Doug Howser Collection)
Click here to read
a Brief History of the 1st Marine Battalion (Reinforced)
here for a roster of the 1st Marine Battalion's Colt Gun Detachment
This particular Colt Automatic Machine
Gun, Model 1895, saw use during the Spanish American War by the Marines
of the Battleship Texas, and by the 1st
Marine Battalion (Reinforced) at Guantanamo, Cuba.
This particular weapon bears the serial number 99. The U.S.
Navy registry of Colt Automatic
Machine Guns. The navy records indicate that the gun was purchased
on July 8, 1897 and was issued to the U.S.S. TEXAS.
The records also indicate that the weapon was "Transferred to Marine Corps
from Texas at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba June 12, 1898"
and was returned in March, 1899. The TEXAS had
two of these guns, and was issued two carriages and one tripod.
Howser, Doug - Photo and information
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