W.E. Metford (1824-1899)

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  • The Rifle Conference, 1864: Report and Proceedings. Spottiswood and Co, New-Street Square, London, 1864. Includes papers by W.E. Metford on 'Matches with rifles of different classes - Handicap of men or weapons' and a letter regarding the Enfield rifle and its loading.
  • Metford Muzzle-Loading & Breech-Loading Match & Military Rifles by W.E. Metford. Arrowsmith, Bristol, UK, c1876 (contains angles of elevation tables, and memoranda on the management of the rifles)
  • Trajectory of the Modern Match Rifle by W.E. Metford. Published in The Spirit of the Times, New York, USA, 13 April 1878. Part 13 of a series of articles on 'Rifles and Marksmanship' by various authors.
  • Trajectory of the Modern Match Rifle: Appendix by W.E. Metford. Published in The Spirit of the Times, New York, USA, 4 May 1878. Part 14 of a series of articles on 'Rifles and Marksmanship' by various authors.
  • Rifles and Marksmanship by Judge H.A. Gildersleeve, in conjunction with Col. J. Bodine, Gen. G.W. Wingate & W.E. Metford. Reprinted from The Spirit of the Times, N.Y., USA, 1878. Includes 'Trajectory of the Modern Match Rifle' by W.E. Metford. Reprinted by W.S. Curtis (Publishers), Bedford, England, 1986. ISBN 0948216050
  • The Modern Sportsman's Gun and Rifle (Vol. II) by J.H. Walsh ("Stonehenge"). Horace Cox, "The Field" Office, London, 1884. Includes 'Trajectory of the Modern Match Rifle' by W.E. Metford (Part 13 of 'Rifles and Marksmanship' only). Reprinted by W.S. Curtis (Publishers), Buckinghamshire, England, 1988. ISBN 0948216085
  • Obituary: Mr. W.E. Metford. The Times, London, 17 October 1899
  • Funeral of Mr. W.E. Metford. Bristol Mercury, 20 October 1899
  • The Late W.E. Metford. The Graphic, London, 21 Ocotober 1899
  • Letter: The Late Mr. W.E. Metford by T.F. Fremantle. The Times, London, 25 October 1899
  • Obituary: William Ellis Metford. Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK, Volume 140, 1900
  • Memoir of William Ellis Metford by H. Brunel and T.F. Fremantle. UK, Privately printed, May 1900
  • The Hodstock Ballistic Tables for Rifles by F.W. Jones. Edward Arnold & Co., London, England, 1925. Includes an appendix on 'The Metford Ballistic Pendulum' by Lord Cottesloe
  • Remembered for Rifling by Musketeer. Guns Review, UK, February 1963
  • William Ellis Metford by Dr C.H. Roads. Journal of the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association, UK, Vol. 1, No. 1, October 1973
  • Metford Letters. The following letters were written by William Metford to Sir Henry Halford and transcibed by Lord Cottesloe. They are published in the UK in the Journal of the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association.
  • 12 January 1868 - 7 July 1868. HBSA Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, October 1973
  • 10 July 1868 - 6 March 1871. HBSA Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1974
  • 10 March 1871 - 18 February 1872. HBSA Journal, Vol. 1, No. 3, December 1975
  • 21 February 1872 - 9 April 1874. HBSA Journal, Vol. 1, No. 4, December 1976
  • June 1874 - 10 December 1875. HBSA Journal, Vol. 1, No. 5, November 1977
  • 4 January 1876 - 29 December 1877. HBSA Journal, Vol. 1, No. 6, August 1979
  • 11 January 1878 - 10 February 1878. HBSA Journal, Vol. 1, No. 7, October 1982
  • 5 March 1878 - 15 March 1878. HBSA Journal, Vol. 2, No. 4, May 1991
  • 25 March 1878 - 25 April 1878. HBSA Journal, Vol. 2, No. 5, May 1992
  • 29 May 1878 - 30 July 1878. HBSA Journal, Vol. 2, No. 6, May 1993
  • 2 December 1878 - 22 December 1878. HBSA Journal, Vol. 2, No. 7, May 1994
  • 25 April 1879 - 21 December 1880. HBSA Journal, Vol. 2, No. 8, May 1995
  • 28 January 1881 - 7 May 1881. HBSA Journal, Vol. 2, No. 9, June 1996
  • 28 May 1881 - 19 August 1881. HBSA Journal, Vol. 2, No. 10, June 1998
  • 28 September 1881 - 4 March 1882. HBSA Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, April 1999
  • 5 March 1882 - 19 June 1882. HBSA Journal, Vol. 3, No. 2, December 2000
  • 1 July 1882 - 9 October 1882. HBSA Journal, Vol. 3, No. 3, June 2001
  • 11 October 1882 - 16 November 1882. HBSA Journal, Vol. 3, No. 4, December 2002
  • 17 November 1882 - 28 June 1883. HBSA Journal, Vol. 3, No. 6, October 2004
  • 30 June 1883. HBSA Journal, Vol. 3, No. 7, December 2005
  • 6 July 1883 - 28 July 1884. HBSA Journal, Vol. 3, No. 8, December 2006
  • 4 August 1884 - 22 December 1884. HBSA Journal, Vol. 3, No. 9, December 2007
  • The Target Rifle in Australia 1860-1900 by J.E. Corcoran. Privately published in Australia, 1975. Reprints 'Memoranda of the Managment of Metford's Match Rifle' (c1866). Reprinted by R&R Books, Livonia, NY, USA, 1995. ISBN 1884849172
  • Comments on the Metford Letters (1868-1878) by Lord Cottesloe (in 1943). HBSA Journal, UK, Vol. 1, No. 7, October 1982
  • Sir Henry Halford's Rifle (Gibbs-Metford) by John T. Amber. Gun Digest, USA, 1980
  • A Gibbs-Metford Muzzle Loading Match Rifle by George A Hoyem and Elmer Rinas. The Gun Report, USA, May 1983
  • The British Falling Block Breechloading Rifle from 1865 by Jonathan G. Kirton. R&R Books, USA, 1997. ISBN 1 884849 21 0
  • British Single Shot Rifles, Volume II: Gibbs Farquharson by Walter G. Winfer. R&R Books, USA, 1998. ISBN 1 844849 25 3
  • Taking Muzzle Loading to its Limits! Martin Tebbs recounts the making of a Gibbs-Metford 2,000 yard rifle. The Primer, Vintage Arms Association, UK, January-February 2000.
  • The Obituary of William Ellis Metford. Reprint from Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK, Volume 140, 1900. Black Powder Journal, MLAGB, UK, Vol. 47, 2001
  • William Ellis Metford by Dr C.H. Roads. Journal of the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association, UK, Vol. 3, No. 6, October 2004
  • Memoir of William Ellis Metford. Reprint of May 1900 original text by H. Brunel and T.F. Fremantle. Journal of the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association, UK, Vol. 3, No. 6, October 2004
  • Some Further Notes on William Ellis Metford 1824-1899 by Clifford Bryant. Journal of the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association, UK, Vol. 3, No. 7, December 2005
  • Whitworth, Bashforth and Metford and Their Long-Range Experiments by David Williams. Journal of the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association, UK, Vol. 3, No. 8, December 2006

  • Miscellaneous correspondence from 19th century newspapers