Filipino Paliuntod Slam Fire Rifle-Shotgun
Made by Filipino rebels and natives during the American occupation of the Phillipines, Paliuntod guns were homemade slam fire rifles and shotguns. They were called slam fire guns because of their action. They were single shot only and the user would push the barrel forward to expose the breech. The user would then insert a shell or cartridge. The firing pin was fixed, unlike the springloaded firing pin on most modern firearms which are activated by a trigger. Instead the user would slam the barrel back, banging the cartridge primer against the firing pin which fired the cartridge. Simple and crude, they often lacked rifling and were prefered by Filipino Natives who had little contact with the outside world and thus little availability to modern firearms. This gun was captured by Kenneth Clyde Masteller (1875-1958) during the Philippine Campaign.
Kenneth Clyde Masteller enlisted with the 6th California Infantry when the Spanish-American War started and was promoted to captain of Company G. After two years Masteller was then appointed to the 40th U.S. Volunteer Infantry for the Philippine-American War where he served as lieutenant of Company I. (see San Francisco Call, April 17, 1902)
Masteller married Matilda "Tillie" M. Reed in Benicia, California on April 16, 1902. He remained in military service and attained the rank of colonel. He and his wife are buried at San Francisco National Cemetery.