I've noticed that cleaning rods on some of my older military type bolt actions are either half the length of the barrel or just barely long enough to clear the end of the barrel. Obviously, the slotted end is for a cleaning patch but the threaded end is for a handle, I assume. What did they use for a handle? And if the handle wasn't with the gun what good did the cleaning rod serve? I've also seen sites that sold 'authentic' cleaning kits for these guns and they have a weighted heavy cord to drop into the barrel and pull out. So, why the cleaning rod at all?