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Royal Naval Handbook of Musketry (1923) | HMS Emperor of India

Royal Naval Musketry & Pistol Handbook (1923)

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By Authority of the
Lords Commisioners of the Admiralty

H.M.S.O., 1923

printed by SIR JOSEPH CAUSTON & SONS Ltd, London, 1923

Royal Naval Handbook of Musketry and Pistol Practices is an original Admiralty handbook published in 1923. Well illustrated with diagrams, the book covers the standard small arms training and drill of the Royal Navy soon after the First World War. Subjects covered include: the Short magazine Lee Enfield Rifle, rifle mechanism and assembly, care of rifles, ammunition, theory of rifle fire, sighting, effect of the bayonet, ricochets, aming instructions, firing instructions, use of cover, firing positions, fire discipline, range practice, rapid fire, snap shooting, the Webley pistol, use of the pistol in the field or trench warfare, pistol drill, stripping and assembly of the Webley Mark VI pistol, misfires, and pistol courses.

The book is signed on the front endpapers by 'J. Raymont, Seaman Gunner, H.M.S. Emperor of India, Dardanelles, 24th Oct 1923'. Born in 1899, John Raymont joined the Royal Navy in 1917 and served in numerous ships during WW1 before joining the crew of the Emperor of India in 1922. His service record mentions that he was a Lewis Gunner. The Emperor of India was in the Dardanelles in 1923 as part of the Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet.

HMS Emperor of India was an Iron Duke Class battleship of the British Royal Navy. She was originally to have been named Delhi but was renamed before she was completed, to honour George V. The ship was laid down on 31 May 1912 and was launched on 27 November 1913. The finished ship was commissioned a year later in November 1914. She was armed with a main battery of ten 13.5-inch (340 mm) guns and was capable of a top speed of 21.25 knots. Upon commissioning, Emperor of India joined the Grand Fleet, based at Scapa Flow. She took part in numerous sorties into the northern North Sea to enforce the blockade of Germany, along with frequent training exercises and gunnery drills. After the war, Emperor of India was sent to the Mediterranean Fleet, where she became involved in the allied intervention in the Russian Civil war from 1919–1921. She remained in the Mediterranean until 1926.


In good condition. The boards are in good condition, with general signs of use, and some marks. The binding and hinges are good and secure. The text and illustrations are in good condition, with a few marks, and some creasing to the fold-out diagrams.

Published: 1923
Blue boards with gilt titling
Illustrated with diagrams
Dimensions: 110mm x 165mm
Pages: 192