Coltautos.com Gun of the Month - September 2003
Don Lowrey Collection
Model 1902 Military Serial Number 39721
issued to Frank H. Lowrey carried on the Siberian Expedition
from 1917 - 1920 - In 1916, Frank H. Lowrey was a
railroad engineer in Sioux City, IA and responded to a
request by US President Woodrow Wilson to run the
Trans-Siberian Railroad after a new government was formed in
Russia. Control of the railroad meant control of the only
major logistics and communication line in the nation. It
also meant access to massive stockpiles of munitions, food,
fuel, coal, and other supplies. Control of the
Trans-Siberian Railroad was critical to the support of the
new pro-western Provisional Government. The United States
wanted to support the new government.
Close-up of Siberia 1917-20 inlaid plaque.
Pistol pictured with a period box of shells.
Right side. Plaque has owner's initials "F.H.L"