Topic: Canadian Militia
Militia General Orders
Headquarters, Ottawa, 17th May, 1889
General Order No. 1
Active Militia – Artillery PracticeArtillery Practice (1889)
Field Batteries 9-pr. R.M.L. Guns.
The following number of rounds are allowed for instructional practice, to Batteries in camp where a suitable range is available, viz:
Common shell percussion fuze — 24
Shrapnel shell, time fuze — 8
Total — 32
The following number of rounds are allowed to be expended by each detachment at a general meeting for Field Artillery practice, to be held at Kingston during September, viz :_
Eight N.C. officers or gunners selected as marksmen to fire six rounds each.
4 common shell, percussion fuze — 32
2 shrapneIl shell, time fuze — 16
Officers instructional practice—
3 common shell, percussion fuze — 12
Trial shots—common shell percussion fuze — 2
Total — 63
Detailed instructions for the above gun practice composed, will be issued by the Inspector of Artillery.
The number of rounds allowed, to be expended as follows :—
8 marksmen, selected as above, to fire — when S.B. guns are used, — 5 rounds each, viz :
3 solid shot — 24
1 common shell, with time fuze — 8
I shrapnel shell, with time fuze — 8
Trial shots and instruction—Solid shot — 4
Total — 44
64-32-pr. R.M.L. Guns.
Eight competitors to be selected by the officer commanding the Battery, from amongst the best and most efficient N.C. officers and men, to fire two rounds each, viz:—
2 common shell plugged — 16
Trial shots—common shell, plugged —
Total — 18
The above rounds to be fired deliberately, and the result of each shot signalled from the range. Range to be at least 1,700 yards.
The four competitors making the highest score at above practice to fire three rounds each, viz:—
2 common shell, plugged — 8
1 shrapnell shell, time fuze — 4
Officers instructional practice—common shell, plugged — 9
Total — 21
Total rounds — 39
When 40-pr. R.B.L. guns are used in the preliminary practice each competitor will fire:—
2 common shell, plugged — 16
1 shrapnell shell, time fuze — 8
Trial shots—common shell, plugged — 2
Total — 26
And in subsequent competition
3 common shell — 12
1 shrapnell shell — 4
Officer's instructional practice – common shell, plugged — 9
Total — 25
Total rounds per Battery — 51
Officers are not eligible as competitors, but should act as instructors, and note the result of each man's shooting.
Annual gun practice of Garrison Batteries will be held under arrangements similar to those in force for the past year, the Inspector of Artillery will make the necessary arrangements.