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Army—Martini Rifles—Question

Volume 203: debated on Tuesday 26 July 1870

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said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War; Whether any Report has been made to the Horse Guards or to the War Department of trials made at Aldershot of the Martini as compared with other rifles; and, if so, whether the Report is favourable to the Martini or to any other rifle; and, whether he will place upon the Table a Copy of such Report?

Sir, I have heard that the general officer commanding at Aldershot instituted a comparative trial between the Henry-Martini rifle and the rifle of a particular inventor, and reported upon it to the Horse Guards; but the trial was not authorized by his Royal Highness, and the Report has not been forwarded to me.