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Colt made these sidearms for U.S. soldiers in the mid-teens to use in close combat. The kids at last Saturday’s re-enactment were told New York City law forbids them from picking one up.

To mark the centennial of America’s entrance into World War I, the Great War, a handful of volunteers staged a re-enactment at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens — a trip back to the daily life of the Doughboys in Europe at a moment in time when the art of war was changing for the deadlier.

The men were from the American Museum of Armor in Old Bethpage, L.I., a repository of old uniforms and weapons authentic enough to recreate a cavalry unit, circa 1918.

Take a glimpse from present day into the past.

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