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THE NEW BREECH-LOADING COMPETITION.

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THE NEW BREECH-LOADING COMPETITION. The sub-committee on breech-loaders has now eo ^luded the first stage of the inquiry. It has gone caref ul through the whole of the arms submitted, and has fired. Nominally for accuracy and rapidity, but in reality rather with a view to observing the actual working of the guns, all those arms which were not prima, fac.e inadmissible or dangerous. By far the larger proportion of the arms failed to comply in every minute respect with the conditions laid down, and to which the committee have very properly closely adhered. Some were submitted too late others Were too long or too short or too heavy, or otherwise 0llteide the limits prescribed and all the guns which So faIed are out of the competition for the prize. Buttle question of their ultimtte adoption is not prejudiced by this failure nor are the committee bound to re- conamend for adoption the arm which may chance to "aiu the ffrst prize. The course which it is understood will be adopted 18 this. From the arms which are within the prize competition a certairf number have been selected for further trial. For the best of these arms, whether adopted for the service or not, 1,0001. will be awarded. Sjfid for the arm which, while attaining a satisfactory ^gree^of excellence in other particulars, is selected for erit in respect to its breech mechanism," 600J. will e, the prize. If the best arm appears to the com- mittee to be worthy of adoption, it will be placed in COpetition with the Snider rifle, which it will be re- ared to beat before its adoption is confirmed. If, on e other hand, none of the prize arms should, In the opinion of the committee, satisfy the eryice requirements, then the best of those arms 1 r*°h from failure to fulfil the conditions win v, (^<yvvT1 are of the prize competition he selected on their merits to continue the contest; sar ( eeT1 the two sets of arms it is to be hoped that a .^factory weapon will at last be found. The in- „ therefore centres for the time upon the arms rn?lch have been selected to compete for the prize. hi'?8? are 15™e i]1 number, and with these will probably rifl Though not as a competitor for the prize, a th ^r' -^ichards's, as the best representative of « self.consuming or partially self-consuming cartridge fo? > .the whole of the nine prize rifles being adapted r cartridges, either of paper or coil or copper, which Ve to be withdrawn after firing. *;a°h « the accepted competitors will be required, ni l7ln ^our months of his receiving the notice, to fur- CQSf 0r experiment at Woolwich six arms in strict "ro (^nnity to the specimen arm submitted, with 1,000 Wink8 ammunition per arm and a sum of 300?. U be paid to each such competitor to cover the ex- Ose of the six rifles and of the supply of ammunition. Pro f comm}ttee may fairly be complimented on the ijj ^ress which they have made in this important l{lxllrY. To examine, measure, weigh, and classify (for the original 93 have been swelled by late j^ttissions to this total); to fire twenty rounds from evp these guns, noting the accuracy, rapidity, and list^ rn,'3^lal) and failure and last, but not least, to higCtl a'^ that every inventor has to say in praise of it .• WearKjn7--is a task of no ordinary magnitude but "He °n? w^°h Colonel Fletcher and his associates have alv>C(^ ^y zealous application in getting through in two months and a half.

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