HC Deb 21 July 1879 vol 248 cc843-4

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether any person other than Mr. W. P. Padwick has claimed to be the inventor of the system of fitting elongated projectiles with studs of soft metal; and, if so, if he would give the name of such claimant, or claimants if there be more than one?


Experiments were conducted in France, in 1850, with elongated projectiles with soft metal studs—four years before Mr. Padwick made his proposition. These experiments having proved successful, the Select Ordnance Committee, after trial, recommended their adoption into the British Service in the year 1863. Subsequently, they recommended that Mr. Pad wick should receive £100 for having drawn attention to the subject in 1854. The reason that this invention was not adopted sooner into the English Service, between 1854 and 1863, was that Sir William Armstrong's breech-loading system with lead-coated projectiles had been adopted. There is no trace of any claim having been made previous to the one put forward by Mr. Pad wick.