Most impressive, mostly for the wrong reasons, with an unexpected appearance of an Armalite-type lock that most people (well Americans mostly) seem to think was invented 50 years later.This is the big one that even the Navy wouldn't touch.
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The captain in charge of tests of the Mars at the Naval Gunnery School in 1902 observed, "No one who fired once with the pistol wished to shoot it again". Shooting the Mars pistol was described as "singularly unpleasant and alarming".
My theory is that it's an inherent effect of appointing commanders who are old geezers, still convinced that the kit from 'their day' is still the cutting edge. A certain rifle comes to mind. Or Adolf's fixation on WW1-era SMG-armed storm troopers and his initial opposition to the Stg-44 development.Delete: Pistol, Insert: Weapon, and Delete: all reference to 'Cavalry' - you then have a nutshell summary for the American attitudes that gave the world 7.62mm and wound up with 5.56mm (itself a sub-optimum combat calibre) being NATO standard to this day.