The Browncoat Service Pistol was a variation on the oft-copied standard Mckinley Forelock. The Browncoat Service Pistol was difficult to distinguish as different except for the slightly fatter grip. Another distinguishing feature came from the memorable or gallant phrases the Independent Soldiers etched along the right side of the barrel. The primary difference was that it held nine rounds as opposed to the ubiquitous eight rounds among the Mckinly types. Chester Ozawa, the gunsmith who created the variant and help manufactured thousands of them during the war, was fond of saying that the Independents needed every edge they could get.