Watching a US Marine Corps commercial; of course they're displaying/spinning Garands in their full dress, which is of course a rifle technology essentially two steps of rifle designs behind the current issue weapon (going backward from the m4/m16, to the M14, then Garand). Of course, they do this, presumably for aesthetic/nostalgia reasons. My question is, "Is there a long historical precedent for this, or not?" In other words, during the days of the Spencer, was a Brown Bess used in the formal color-guard type displays? In the days of the Garand, was a Krag-Jorgenson used? During the M14 era, was an '03 used? Do we always lag behind, or is this solely a function of the "ugliness" of the black rifle in contrast to the dress blues? Or did they not have these displays during old school times? Thanks.