December 12, 1910 (11th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Major C. B.@

Collard, late R.M.L.I., has been invited to become a co-opted member of the Rifle Clubs and Associations Committee.
It is proposed to hold miniature meetings under the auspices of the National Rifle Asso-siation at Birmingham and Gloucester in 1911.
His Majesty the King has graciously consented to become the patron of the National Rifle Association.
1. Are tyros or class ' B ' riflemen from Great Britain and Ireland eligible to compete in the Dominion of Canada rifle matches at

Ottawa? If so, are they required to use the service rifle of Great Britain?
2. As under the new Bisley rules no class ' B ' riflemen will be permitted to use a Ross rifle, and no Canadian can compete therein, is it the intention of the government to endeavour to have it so arranged that the Ross rifle may be used, and Canadian tyros may compete in the class ' B ' matches at Bisley?
3. In view of the imperial character of the Bisley rifle matches, and to place the territorial 'and other forces of the mother country and other colonies on an equality with Canadians in the matches, has the government considered the propriety of annually loaning to the British government for the use of the non-Canadian competitors, a sufficient number, say a few thousand, of long Ross rifles, so that all competitors from any part of the empire may have the advantage of using a long Ross rifle for the Bisley matches?
4. If the British government or the National Rifle Association, through the British government, requested such a loan of long Ross rifles, would the Canadian government accede to the request?
5. If such loan of rifles were made, and all other competitors thus placed on an equality with the Canadians, would the government of Canada feel justified in seeking to have Canadian tyros using the long Ross Rifle, allowed to shoot in class ' B ' matches ?
6. Have long Ross rifles ever been loaned by Canada to competitors from Great Britain at Bisley ?

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