Weapon No 64
It is generally known that approximately 50 years prior to the introduction of the Belgian designed SLR (L1 A1) into the British Army, quite a lot of trial work was carried out by the Army with self-loading rifles. A large number of designs were tested between 1900 and the outbreak of the 1914-18 war. Very few were of British design, this being one of the few. It was first tested in May 1908, but had many failures. Design was by Major H J Farquhar-Hill, who produced several improved designs none of which completely satisfied the Small Arms Committee. This particular model was produced in 1909, probably one of his last efforts, although the rifle (or one similar to it) was tried in the United States late in the 1914-18 war using a drum type magazine.