HC Deb 11 March 1908 vol 185 cc1497-8
MR. G. H. FABER (Boston)

To ask the Secretary of State for War if our rifles fire with a velocity of 2,000 feet, whilst those of other great Powera have a velocity of 2,800 feet.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane) The muzzle velocity given by the short, rifle is 2,060 foot-seconds. That given by the German rifle is about 2,900 foot-seconds, while those of the other great Powers vary from 2,000 to about 2,450 foot-seconds. The high figure for the German rifle is due to the reduced weight of the new German bullet.