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NEW FIELD GUNS. I

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NEW FIELD GUNS. I War Office Order Two Test Batteries. I Discussing the War Office tests for guns a military correspondent writes :After exhaus- tive tests, a special Ordnance Committee has decided upon two guns, 121 and 18-pounders respectively, as a test experiment for the Royal Horse and Field Artillery. Messrs. Vickers, Maxim, and Company have accordingly been instructed to manufacture two batteries of the new weapons, which are believed by experts to constitute the most powerful and effective field pieces at present existing. The 121-pounder R.H.A. gun will be a quick-firer, and fire fixed ammunition (i.e., cordite and shell in one brass cartridge). The advantage of this ammunition is that loading can be done in one motion. At the trials it was found that an average of twenty- two shots per minute could be maintained. The recoil checking arrangements are also on a novel plan, and are assisted by the French spade on the trail. Another noveity is a pair of shields, which fit on each side of the gun and protect the gunners at the breech. These can be lowered and used as seats, when occasion demands. The salient features of the Field Artillery weapon are, like the 12|-pounder, an increased velocity and greater effective range, new recoil checking arrangements, greater rapidity of fire and fixed ammunition. In addition it will have a much larger and heavier shell than at present. There will be an addition of 31b. in the projectile," and to make the shrapnel more effective a new time and percussion fuse has been devised. Experi- ments with a new range-finder have been ordered, and great results are expected when the new guns and rangefinder are tried, which it is hoped will be at the autumn manoeuvres. I

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