§ MR. MARJORIBANKS (Berwickshire)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for. War whether he is able to state the exact results of recent experiments conducted with a view to ascertain the effective range of the Lee-Metford rifle, and especially what is found to be the extreme range of a ricochet shot fired from that rifle?
§ MR. E. STANHOPE
The recent experiments show that the Lee-Metford rifles, at the extreme range, give an average of 3,500 yards, and the longest obtained was 3,700 yards. I am informed that a ricochet shot would certainly not travel so far, and that the extremest point of possible danger from ricochet may be taken at 3,000 yards.