Topic: Drill and Training
Dominion Artillery Association
Militia General Orders; Ottawa, 15 December 1876
Published in the Canada Gazette
Circular 14—Shifting Ordnance competition.—Open to all Garrison Artillery corps affiliated with the Dominion Artillery Association:
A 50 cwt S.B. [smooth-bore] Gun mounted on a wooden garrison carriage (sights removed) to be dismounted by an Officer or N.C. Officer with a detachment of 20. The gun is not to be dismounted by throwing it off the side of the carriage, or overturning the latter sideways; which would be likely to damage it. After dismounting, the gun is to be remounted on its carriage by parbuckling on a single skid, and a round of blank ammunition fired. The detachment dismounting and firing in the shortest time to be declared winner. Any mistakes in drill to be corrected by the umpire, and the time so lost will count against the detachment which must work by numbers, and keep silence; 10 seconds will he deducted for every word spoken by any one of the detachment, except the commander.
Stores and side arms to be arranged on the ground before the word "commence" is given.
- 1 long parbuckling skid 20 feet 8 x 8;
- 2 parbuckle ropes;
- 1 short skid 6 x 9;
- 1 short skid 4 x 4;
- 1 12-ft. lever;
- 8 6-ft. handspikes;
- 6 scotches;
- 2 skids to receive the gun on the ground.
For the competition, men must be in uniform, but tunics may be unbuttoned and belts removed.
Prize: Gold embroidered badge, and "Hand-book, for Field Service," for the commander of the winning detachment; $20 for the detachment."
In accordance with the above circular;
- "B" Battery G.A. competed on the 28th November, 1876 — Time 7 minutes.
- "A" Battery G.A. competed on the 28th November 1876. Time 1 minute 33.7 sec.
The following Dominion Artillery Association Prizes were therefore distributed as follows :
- To Staff Sergeant Swaine "A " Battery G.A. in command of the successful squad, a Gold Embroidered badge of cross skids and Hand-book for Field Service.
- To the successful competing squad of "A" Battery G.A. a sum of $20.