The Ross rifle was a dud in the eyes of Canada's Great War soldiers. Here's what I wrote about it back in February 2012:
Minister of Militia and Colonel, Sam Hughes was the driving force
behind Canada's mobilization in August 1914. He was what we would call a
Type-A personality, but he made a lot of mistakes.
Hughes' more glaring ones was his insistence that the Canadian army
carry the Ross rifle. The Ross was made in Canada, and Hughes was its
natural champion. Superbly accurate, the Ross was used to win
international shooting competitions, but it proved to be unreliable
under battle conditions. That didn't deter Hughes, however, who had so
much of his own personality invested in the Ross that it was impossible
for him to back down, and he continued to champion it at all costs.
Early photos of Canadian troopers show them sporting the Ross during
In spite of that, the Canadian Mounted Brigade, made up
of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal
Canadians), and the 2nd King Edward Horse, crossed the Channel in early
1915 and went into battle--carrying the British-made Lee Enfield Short
Rifle. It was not the only time the cavalrymen broke away from Hughes'
In an emailed post of Ausgust 17th, David Pugliese of the Ottawa Citizen had this to say, in summary:
"The salvaged Ross rifles were shipped home. Some were sold to
hunters. Others were sent to Britain at the start of the Second World
War, when any rifle was prized.
Some are still around, hanging on mantles, sitting in collections, or taken out every now and then when hunting season opens.
As for the Lee-Enfield, Canadian soldiers carried it through two more wars."
And, as a post-script, there are no doubt many Lee Enfields still hanging on hunting cabin walls.