HC Deb 29 July 1890 vol 347 cc1167-8
MR. HANBURY (Preston)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the report in the Times of the practice with the new magazine rifle at Bisley:— Even in so short an exhibition the new service rifle was found wanting. Several men were obliged to fall out of the ranks because their rifles became jammed. I myself saw two men of the Royal Scots and one other man in this position. We have been shooting with Martinis for a fortnight, and there has been no jamming. We have seen the magazine rifle used for an afternoon, and there has been jamming; and whether this is due to defects in the rifle itself or in the cartridge?

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

My attention has been drawn to the statements in the Times to which my hon. Friend refers, and I have called for a Report on the subject.