M-1878 Martini Henry Short Lever Infantry Rifle Untouched

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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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1. Anonymous User on 7/31/2014, said:

Most effective and reliable rifle on the 19th century , before emergence of modern Mauser.
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2. Anonymous User on 7/20/2014, said:

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)
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3. Todd on 6/9/2014, said:

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.
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4. Armando on 4/18/2014, said:

The wood on mine was in decent shape. Only a section the size of a dime in the stock was rotted. Some acraglass and sawdust fixed that. The internals was a mess. The lever was held in place by a wooden dowel(no joke). Firing pin was broken (common)and the firing block assembly was hit with a hammer at one point to dissasemble. Luckly I have a mini lathe and was able to manufacture missing/broken parts. The brass butplate provided is not original and even says made in India Enfield (lazer etched),at least they sent one. With some anealing and grinding I was able to make it look decent. The rear sight was shipped off the rifle and I TIG welded that on too. My intent for this rifle was always a wall hanger and although little pitting under the bore, I would hesitate to ever shoot it. Unless you are very resourcefull and have plenty of shop tools Do Not buy this gun.
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5. David on 10/11/2013, said:

I own two of these, They are good trainers to work on for a British Martini Henry or a spiffy wall hanger but metal was poor and firing block design and clearance is not good. If you MUST fire be sure to sting (remote) fire as many fail, some don't. Your call
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6. edward on 8/16/2013, said:

complete junk every part in it is broken I think it must have been put there from broken junk parts what a waste of 180.00 bucks so sorry i bought this thing I surly expected some good parts cleaning and some rust and pitting but I basically i got nothing
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7. Anonymous User on 1/5/2013, said:

Ordered a Select...arrived in 3 days. Heavy grease and coatings. Butt plate off...one provided along with 2 screws, stock loose, from what I can see....nice markings/carvings underneath grease, 2 cracks (1-about 4" and the other about 6")in front of the receiver by trigger guard, another 4" crack forward by the sing attachment. Haven't checked barrel/bore yet....there does not appear to be too much pitting along the barrel & wood stock....only hold my breath...till? Action functions, don't think there will be a problem there. Rod is in fine condition & not frozen in stock, all hardware there. In general, I'm very happy with this one. Will take some time to clean; hand cleaning with equal parts of lineseed oil, turpentine & alcohol mixed together...spray on, wait 5-10 min. wipe grease off with paper towels, once in morning..once in afternoon, begin all over next day until clean, slow process...yes but no wood damage. Thanks AC. C.GREEN
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8. Greg on 8/19/2012, said:

The Martini Henry Francotte I received was in very good shape. One long crack along the forestock, dings and dirt. The metal parts were in great shape after a thorough cleaning and oooo steel wool rub. The rifle looks amazing. I recommend paying the customary "hand select" fee, it is money well spent. Take your time removing the wood furniture, its a 100+ years old. I would not shoot it without a gunsmiths approval, its just too old. Thanks ACC for a great product at a fair price!
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9. Charles on 3/6/2012, said:

This gun is filthy as described...however it is complete, the action still works, and I was able to field strip it with some difficulty after about 30 minutes. I knocked off the first bit of grease tonight on the wood with Easy off and some 00 steel wool. I will definitely need to do it again. As far as the metal pieces, I plan on taking everything down to my local garage and using their parts cleaner, and then probably soaking everything in mineral spirits. I have high hopes that I will be able to restore this gun to its former glory, and will be ordering another one after I finish this one.
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10. John on 2/17/2012, said:

Just got it. I love it. Of course it needs some tender loving care, but that is why I bought it. I wanted something to work on and I got it. Everything works too!! Butt stock a little loose, but with a little work, I will have her tight. Thanks a bunch. My relaxation time just got longer.
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