--A description of this gun has been published.
We notice some difference of opinion among English writers respecting its merits.
A writer in the New Monthly Magazine
says that although it has caused a great sensation, it is now hardly spoken of. He claims also that it is too complicated for field practice, although he acknowledges that both Whitworth
's gun and Whitworth
's rifle make splendid practice in target shooting.
His objection to them in the field is that they are too ‘"excellently fashioned"’ for the ordinary use of troops, and require great care lest they should get out of order.
The rifle won the prize offered by the Queen
for the best shots among volunteers, but it has not been adopted for the troops by the British Government
It is objected by this writer that with each round fired with the Whitworth gun, a diminution of range is perceptible, which he attributes to the augmented friction of the sharp-edged projectile.
The small size of the projectile is also objected to.