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This is the list of the Weapons used in the Philippine revolution.

The Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan depicting the Katipunan and the Philippine Revolution


Regular soldiers of the Philippine Revolutionary Army stand attention for an inspection.

The Philippine Revolution, also called the Tagalog War by the Spanish,[1] was a revolution and subsequent conflict fought between the Katipunan, later the Philippine Revolutionary Army, and the Spanish colonial government.

Orders and circulars were issued covering matters such as building trenches and fortifications, equipping every male aged 15 to 50 with bows and arrows (as well as bolo knives and Gulok though officers wielded European swords), enticing Filipino soldiers in the Spanish army to defect, collecting empty cartridges for refilling, prohibiting unplanned sorties, inventories of captured arms and ammunition, fundraising, purchasing of arms and supplies abroad, unification of military commands, and exhorting the rich to give aid to the soldiers.[2][3]

List of Equipment

Spanish Colonial Government


The Revolvers had been used by officers of both sides.


The Remington Rolling Block rifle was one of the first rifles used by the Filipinos and Spanish during the Revolution.

Melee weapons

Machine guns

  • Nordenfelt Guns


Filipino Revolutionaries



Melee weapons

the Bolo knife.

the Spike Bayonets had been used by both sides during the revolution although Filipinos only captured them from the Spanish or acquired them through defectors


Machine Guns

  • Nordenfelt Guns Captured from the Spanish



Other information

  • The Bolo knife was the primary weapon used by the Katipunan during the Philippine Revolution.[9] It was also used by the Filipino guerrillas and bolomen during the Philippine–American War.[10][11] the bolo serves as a symbol for the Katipunan and the Philippine Revolution, particularly the Cry of Pugad Lawin. Several monuments of Andres Bonifacio, as with other notable Katipuneros, depict him holding a bolo in one hand and the Katipunan flag in the other.[12][13]
  • The Filipino forces sometimes used improvised artillery weapons made of water pipes reinforced with bamboo or timber, which can only fire once or twice.[14]
  • During the 1896 uprising against Spanish colonial rule the 1898 Philippine Revolution and the Spanish–American War, Filipino freedom-fighters (especially the Katipunan) sought assistance from the Japanese government. The Katipunan sent a delegate to the Emperor of Japan to solicit funds and military arms in May 1896.[15][16] Although the Meiji government of Japan was unwilling and unable to provide any official support, Japanese supporters of Philippine independence in the Pan-Asian movement raised funds and sent weapons on the privately charted Nunobiki Maru unfortunately, the ship sank before it reach to Philippine shores.[citation needed]

See also


  1. Bielakowski Ph.D., Alexander M. (January 2013). Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military: An Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1-59884-427-6. 
  2. "Philippine–American War, 1899-1902". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  3. Linn 2000a, pp. 186–187
  4. "Uniformology II". 
  5. Linn 2000a, pp. 186–187
  6. Dumindin, Arnaldo (2006). "Philippine–American War, 1899-1902". Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  7. "Raiders of the Sulu Sea". Oakfilms3, History Channel Asia. http://www.historychannelasia.comsynopsis.aspx?libId=347&sId=70&sTime=1200. Retrieved 2009-02-08. [dead link]
  8. Linn 2000a, pp. 186–187
  9. Wolfgang, Bethge (2007). "The Bolo - An indispensable Utensil in the Philippine Household". Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  10. Mallari, Perry Gil S. (14 June 2014). "The Bolomen of the Revolution". The Manila Times. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  11. Dumindin, Arnaldo (2006). "Philippine–American War, 1899-1902". Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  12. "Imprinting Andres Bonifacio: The Iconization from Portrait to Peso". 29 November 2012. 
  13. "The Bonifacio Monument: Hail to the Chief!". The FHL Research Team. 12 November 2003. 
  14. Linn 2000a, pp. 186–187
  15. "History Of Katipunan - Home On The Net". Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  16. http: //

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