HC Deb 20 December 1888 vol 332 cc890-1
COLONEL EYRE (Lincolnshire, Gainsborough)

asked the Secretary of State for War, whether his attention has been called to a statement in The Field newspaper, of Saturday last, December 15, as to the penetration attained by a bullet, the invention of Mr. Farini, and to the machinery by which rifles can, without alteration, be converted into machine guns?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

The article will be referred for the observations of the Small Arms Committee; but I may pay that the bore is the same as that of the new magazine rifle, and that the greatest velocity mentioned is less than that laid down as the standard for the new arm.