M-1878 Martini Henry Short Lever Infantry Rifle Untouched

ID#: 600768

Price: $179.00 

M-1878 Martini Henry Short Lever Infantry Rifle Untouched
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In 1878, the Francotte patent Martini System was granted utilizing a detachable mechanism fitted without the Cocking Indicator. Revolutionary at the time by compartmentalizing the mechanism for quick disassembly, it only lasted 10 years as the latest technology. It was replaced in 1888 with the .303 caliber Lee Metford bolt action rifle’s introduction into the British Military System. Although this European improvement was never embraced by the British, these "improved system rifles” saw much service on frontiers all over the World. The Martini Short Lever Rifle saw tremendous and valiant service in the British Army worldwide.  It's most famous appearance was in the Zulu Wars of 1879, memorialized in Hollywood epic movies and countless books and articles over the years.

These particular Martini Infantry Rifles were used by the Gurkha detachments mostly in the Indian Sub Continent and are offered in AS IS condition. Each Rifle is offered totally as found, completely un-cleaned and un-refurbished. The only service performed has been to ensure none are still loaded! Totally covered and caked with dried on grease, dirt and rust, these can be displayed as found or be the subject of winter nights of TLC to restore them to their former glory. All appear to be complete but no guarantees as to what use or damage may be found after more than 100 years of neglect and storage.  There is a $10.00 additional shipping & handling charge with item, cannot be shipped USPS. Bayonet (no scabbard) available.

Each gun will feature:
The action, lever, trigger, stock (which may show signs of wear like cracks, old repairs, wood rot, etc), barrel, 2 steel barrel bands, cleaning rod and butt plate.

Some guns may have additional pieces (sorry no choice) like minor parts & screws.

Condition: usually show rust & pitting and be covered in dirt as originally stored.  Otherwise they may not operate because of seizing or could be otherwise incomplete.  Plus there may be additional cracks, missing chunks, old repairs.

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.





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the first one of these i bought was exactly what they say dirty nasty and some rust ,but after a few hours of useing a brass brush and brake fluid the gun cleaned up great,measured the bore 451 and its a shooter. have put 20 or so rounds through it . the second one i recieved was a little rougher took more time to clean and had to do a little stock work but it shoots as well . i don;t recomend that any shoots these guns unless you no what you are doing great guns for the price both are nepal made..
Reviewed by jim  k
12/10/2014 4:48:14 PM
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I really did not know what to expect before it arrived, but had followed the advise in another rating and paid for the hand select. Turns out I'm glad I did. When it came...it was dirty and how! The butt plate was off, but everything was all there. I spent about 2 weeks refurbishing & repairing the old girl and it now looks great! Decided to replace a couple of small parts and made them myself in my work shop. Actually, the most frustrating part was not getting the action apart and cleaned up, but putting it back together again with no drawings or instructions. This project was indeed a treasure hunt and sometimes tried my patience, but all in all, it was fun and I definitely got my monies worth. I didn't get screwed at all.
Reviewed by Steven  B
10/4/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Most effective and reliable rifle on the 19th century , before emergence of modern Mauser.
Reviewed by Anonymous
7/31/2014 12:00:00 AM
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I must say that I was expecting a train wreck when I ordered her, but too my great surprise she came in quite good shape, a lot of elbo grease and careful disassembly and cleaning and oiling and despite some wood rot that I able too dig out and repair, when I reassembled her, she looked pretty good for aprox 136 years. My only thing is that I received a non original butt plate, the one that came was new made,did not fit (not by a long shot) could be made to do so, but I ordered a original( and bayonet ) I got lucky getting a good one. The action : spring,firing pin,ejector,and all pins&screws in really good shape and barrel despite some pitting had good groves. Very pleased with her. R. J. White. (Her new caretaker)
Reviewed by Anonymous
7/20/2014 7:57:03 AM
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I received my "rifle" last July, I am just reviewing it 11 months later as I just got over the shame of having it. 40% of the wood around the barrel, forearm, was rotted and crumbling. All steel found under any wood especially the under side of the barrel was badly pitted. They sent the wrong butt plate. over all a rip-off deal. I spent some 18 hours cleaning it so it could be hidden in my closet without dirtying my clothes. This gun is worth maybe $60 as a hysterical artifact. -Todd H.
Reviewed by Todd  H
6/9/2014 12:00:00 AM
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