HC Deb 21 May 1896 vol 41 c67

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, whether the Chartered Company's force in South Africa has practically discarded the Lee-Metford rifle for the Martini-Henry, owing to the former being defective in stopping power; and, whether Her Majesty's Government, in view of this circumstance, will take steps to ascertain the practical efficiency or otherwise of the Lee-Metford Government rifle in actual warfare.


No information has been received as to the discarding at Bulawayo of the Lee-Metford rifle. As already stated in this House, the question of the bullet is being fully considered.