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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38 Customer Review(s)
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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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I bought two of these guns. Both were in fair condition. Both had a broken mainspring. One also had a broken firing pin, trigger spring and a fairly large crack in the stock of 1 inch wide. All in all very satisfied. The parts that were broken, I could order cheaply in England. The rest was repairable. Both guns turned out nicely en much better then expected. It was my third order and order number 4 is now on the way.
Reviewed by Ronald  V
12/16/2015 3:11:32 PM
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The rifle was better then described, packaged well and was not froze up. After a good cleaning up the old war horse looked pretty good considering how it was stored. The worse pitting was under the stock, which is expected.
Reviewed by Vol  W
12/11/2015 9:06:42 AM
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gun is as described. Got mine a few weeks ago. I am very impressed with the gun they sent me. missing the butt plate obviously, and a large chunk of wood in the rear of the butt stock is gone. action and trigger worked out of the box, very little pitting, no other missing parts. Looking foreword to cleaning this gun up and fixing the stock. I do not plan on firing this gun but I am happy that it will be in my collection.
Reviewed by joseph  w
12/10/2015 1:14:15 PM
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