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 and cleaning rod.

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. No butt plate. 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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While cleaning came the disappointment: This is a Nepalese made Gahendra Martini (markings on butt) and my 1876 British bayonet won't fit (as I would have known in the first place). I actally asked ACC about matching bayonets when I bought this one but unfortunately no information came back. Will have to pay for another bayonet, plus postage. Too bad! Moreover, lack of invoice in the package caused me to travel to customes office twice, though I asked to include it which was confirmed. Sorry guys you need to improve your customer service! Now for the good news: The rifle came in an amazing seven days over here to Europe (standard postage). Was cleared by customs as "collectible antiques", no problem there. Dirty and rusty, but the action working fine; took me only one day to clean. The woodwork is much darker than with restored Martini Henrys; don't expect to get yours into shining condition. Some damage to the wood at the end of butt, but a substitute buttplate came with it. All in all a nice buy but as mentioned before, note you are buying a Gahendra NOT a Martini Henry!
Reviewed by Guido  I
7/20/2015 2:38:34 PM
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Was nervous about paying $200 for an antique gun basically sight unseen. Could have used money for another purchase. Unboxed gun, and it was complete except for buttplate. No major issues except a lose buttstock. Nicely surprised. Little issue with action that probly will be fixable once I get it completely disassembled. I think I can get this one shootable. Thanks for a nice looking project gun that was worth the money.
Reviewed by kurt  h
6/4/2015 12:24:22 PM
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I was a bit reluctant at this late date, but I took the chance and I’m glade I did. I just bought my Francotte Martini Henry Infantry Rifle within the last couple of weeks, it arrived well packed and intact,. All the parts are there and in working order, the trigger guard was bent inward, I heated it up and tweaked it back into the original configuration. It has minor pitting on the underside of the barrel, a couple of minor cracked in the stock caused from the bolt rusting and swelling inside the stock, it had a small amount of wood rot on the forearm wood, easily repaired. I cleaned it with denatured alcohol tooth brush and plenty of paper towels and rags, being careful not to remove any more of the original plum brown bluing or wood finish. Thanks to Atlanta Cutlery I’m now the proud owner of a working Gurkha war relic, I couldn't be more pleased. buy one before there all gone.
Reviewed by myron  c
5/10/2015 11:41:49 AM
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Mine was better than advertised, so consider ACC's description to be a worst case. Ordered Thursday after lunch, gun arrived Monday. I received a complete rifle with rear site detached. Cleaning took about 3 hours. I am very happy with my Francotte Martini. After cleaning metal finish was a mottled silver and black with dark brown walnut stocks. I applied 6 coats of boiled linseed oil. My gun works fine.
Reviewed by Michael  B
12/29/2014 10:32:04 AM
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As advertised, can be made to function
Reviewed by Kerwyn  W
12/19/2014 10:38:22 PM
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