1870's Short Lever Martini Henry Rifle
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Probably the most famous military rifle of the Victorian era, this Martini Henry Rifle incorporated the earlier short lever with 33" barrel in the new .45 caliber. This was the first manufactured breech loader to be adopted for general issue by the British Army. It is internationally known from its role in the movies "Zulu" & "Zulu Dawn". It should be noted that at the Battle of Isandhinana in January 1879, where the British lost its entire command of 1300 men, the Zulu's suffered in excess of 2000 casualties. Followed by the memorable action at "Rorke's Drift", the Martini Henry rifle more than any other represents British Colonial rule during the Victorian era. Showing dates in the 1880's, these rifles are in good to very good condition. There is a $10.00 additional shipping & handling charge with item, cannot be shipped USPS. We can hand select the best one for an additional fee. No express shipping on hand select orders.
Note: These guns were manufactured before 1898 and are therefore legally considered antiques. It is totally legal to own these without a U.S. Federal Firearms License (FFL) and they can be shipped to most countries around the world.
The rifle I received is in excellent condition. The only question I have is why there is no reference to Martini-Henry stamped anywhere on the rifle; it is however stamped 'Enfield'.
Reviewed by Frederick
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice wood, tight lock, and minty bright bore. Paid for hand select. Shoots great!
Reviewed by Robert
11/18/2011 12:00:00 AM
Buy this rifle before the stock runs out!
Even if you never shoot it, you can feel the history overwhelm you when you bring this magnificent weapon to your shoulder. My Gawd, I even started talkin' like a bloomin'Englishman! 5 Stars and Beyond!!!! Sam Oliverio
Reviewed by Sam
9/15/2009 7:12:33 PM