Controversial Canadian World War One Ross Rifle detail of action


Controversial Canadian World War One Ross Rifle detail of action by gnawledge wurker

photo taken at the Base Borden Museum near Angus, Ontario,

The Ross rifle was a straight-pull bolt-action 0.303 inch calibre rifle produced in Canada from 1903 until the middle of the First World War.

Although the Ross .303 was a superior marksman’s rifle, it performed poorly in the dirt and mud of trench warfare and often jammed. After numerous complaints by troops it was replaced in the three Canadian Divisions by the Lee-Enfield. Some Ross rifles remained in use by snipers.

The Ross Rifle was selected for use by the Canadian Army by Sam Hughes.

Sir Samuel Hughes, KCB, PC (January 8, 1853 – August 23, 1921) was the Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence during World War I. Hughes was often referred to as Mad Sam Hughes.

 

Col. Samuel Hughes, M.P. (Victoria-Haliburton,...
Col. Samuel Hughes, M.P. (Victoria-Haliburton, Ont.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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