HC Deb 11 March 1959 vol 601 c1227
3. Mr. Chetwynd

asked the Secretary of State for War to what extent the Vickers machine gun, with which the Army is still equipped, will be modified to take .300 ammunition.

Mr. Soames

The Vickers gun will not be modified. It will be replaced in due course by a sustained fire machine gun now under trial. This gun will fire the standard N.A.T.O. round.

Mr. Chetwynd

Is it quite out of the question to use the .300 ammunition on the present gun?

Mr. Soames

indicated assent.