M-1878 Martini Henry Short Lever Infantry Rifle Untouched

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Price: $189.95 

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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Customer Reviews

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Well . . . . I guess I did not read the fine print. My purchase arrived promptly and was definitely untouched. It depends upon you definition of a M.H. . . . Mine is definitely an unmarked Francotte patent Martini System action. It bears all the marks of being entirely handmade. Breech Block is very soft. It is complete except for the butt plate parts. Unsafe to fire except maybe with blanks, the barrel shows good bright rifling thru its entire length, but the bore diameter in the center is aprox .020" larger than at the breech and muzzle. I'll clean it up and put it on the wall. As a 100+ year old antique it is what was advertised. But not what I expected, you might want to emphasize the Francotte part of it, as the mechanism is very different.
Reviewed by Jay  S
4/3/2016 8:27:37 PM
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Service and shipping were outstanding.The product was however disappointing.A Completely unpreserved Nepalese Gahendra Martini (from the markings on the receiver top rear).Completely rusted from barrel to butt-plate.Looks like it came out the ocean!I pulled the rifle out the bubble wrap and a cascade of rusted bits poured forth.The stock was completely split end to end twice with a half inch gaping crack so i could see the stock bolt.The fore stock was barely held on by the disintegrated barrel bands.The action was frozen but to its credit with a bit of kroil and elbow grease it functioned somewhat.the only screw that was not completely rusted and unsalvageable was the trigger pivot.The barrel was rusted and pitted deeply end to end.The rifle was complete as advertised.I'm completely dissatisfied with this turd of a rifle.Good luck on your purchase.Its a shame this comes from such a fine company.
Reviewed by James  T
3/26/2016 8:12:16 AM
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Pretty much as advertised, but the inventory must be quite low as my rifle's condition was much worse than those on the old warehouse video showing these weapons.
Reviewed by Gerald  W
3/5/2016 10:43:20 AM
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Product as described. Good value.
Reviewed by William  M
1/25/2016 8:09:52 AM
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I just received my gun it was good shape for the age. I have it cleaned and have to finish the stock. but i have dry fired it. great job guys thank you very much
Reviewed by John  E
12/28/2015 9:26:31 AM
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