Punch,  59 (1870), 57.

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Military Technology, War

    Outlines an 'economy which might be effected in the arms with which we furnish our gallant Volunteers'. Insists that the Enfield rifle which is currently used would be 'practically useless' against the Chassepots, and therefore should be sold to a country whose enemies are armed with even more rudimentary weapons. Suggests that the Enfields should be replaced by mopsticks, which are as effective for drill purposes. Also suggests replacing Enfields with breech-loaders, although 'these would cost money, and it is not certain that we have just yet an enemy at our door'.

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