Arms, ammunition, and appointments will be supplied, when necessary, on the requisition of Provincial and Sub-Inspectors, and such requisitions are to be forwarded to the constabulary office.
Ammunition must be kept dry and carefully, , both in store and the men's possession.
Forty rounds will be issued for each man, of which twenty will be in his pouch, and it is the Chief Constable's duty to see that number kept up in perfectly serviceable state. At his monthly inspection the Chief Constable will cause to be replaced any which may have been necessarily expended keeping account of each expenditure, and will charge threepence for every round of ball cartridge lost or wasted, and one penny for each flint, for which he shall account with the Paymaster of the county at the end of each quarter.
Arms and appointments must be kept in the highest order, and always fit for service ; the men's own safety requires this, and therefore they should not neglect it. But it is the officer's bounden duty to both the men and the service to see that the arms are kept in the best possible order, and that no stand requiring it shall be left for a single day without repair. Each officer, at his inspection, is carefully to examine every stand of arms, not omitting to look at the inside of the locks, which must be perfectly clean, the bayonets must be perfectly bright, the carbine barrels must be browned, whenever they require it, and good flints are to be properly fitted to the locks, with lead or pewter flint covers.
The waist belt is to fit close without being too tight, and is just to cover the lower button of the coat or jacket ; the pouch belt is to be so long as to allow the right elbow to pass over the top of the pouch whilst but lightly touching it.
The handcuff case must be attached to the waist belt, by slides stitched on the back of the case, and is to be worn on the right side, at one inch from the front clasp, the pouch being so placed on the belt that the middle of both shall correspond.
All injuries to arms or appoints must be paid for by the men, who receive an allowance for keeping them in good order, except where injury shall have occurred when on duty, and not by any carelessness ; in which case a certificate from the officer of the district, stating the duty on which the party was employed, and the cause of the injury, with probable cost of the repair, must be forwarded to the Inspector-General, through the Sub-Inspector of the county, for his approval.
The ammunition of the public is not to be expended in shooting dogs.
Ammunition, in the proportion of 50 rounds of ball, and 40 rounds of blank, per man, per annum, with 4 flints, will be allowed for practice, and the same of ball and blank for each recruit at the depot, with 4 flints ; and the district officers are to take all convenient opportunities, when their men are not engaged on duty, to practise them in firing both ball and blank ammunition, taking care to select a safe place for the peactice of the former. Requisitions for the above are to be sent in on the 1st of March in each year.
When the force of one county is reduced, and the men are transferred to another as an augmentation, they are to take with them the whole of their clothing, arms, and appointments ; when the force of a county is reduced, and the men are transferred to fill vacancies in other counties, or when any men are transferred for any cause from one county to fill vacancies in another, they are to proceed to their destination in plain clothes, and without arms or appointments ; and in cases of interchange of men they are to take their clothing, excepting their great coats, but are not to take the arms or appointments of the county force from which exchanged.