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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Looks quite nice after cleanup- the only part I was not able to salvage was the middle barrel band (essentially rusted into a single unit). I had to re-tip the firing pin (MIG welder), chase a crack in the trigger frame and file down the sear catch on the trigger. Fully functional now, but I doubt I'll ever fire it- the pitting on parts of the barrel is a bit scary. They included a buttplate and a spare rear sight since the original was damaged- that was a pleasant surprise. The wood stock has a crack down the top of the grip area, but it's an old crack, I can see where they put a pin in to reinforce it.
Reviewed by David  A
9/22/2015 9:49:33 PM
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I couldn't be more pleased with the condition of my rifle. It arrived nasty as can be, caked with a century of grime. After soaking the steel in multiple cleaning baths and overnight immersion in rust dissolver it started to show me it's true condition. I made a tank out of ABS pipe by the way; works great for barrel work. I degreased and lightly scrubbed the wood clean, trying to refresh the original finish; it was pretty splotchy and water stained so I stripped it down. What I had when all the stripping was done was some significant pitting at the wood line along the barrel and receiver/wood contact face but that's it...all hidden damage when assembled. As for the action, I replaced the firing pin spring and made a new flat spring for the trigger and it all works as it should. I blued the steel and oiled the wood and for the money I spent I have an amazing looking piece of history with a cool backstory. If you're gonna display it you have to get the Nepalese bayonet that goes with it to really set it off.
Reviewed by Jeremy  M
9/15/2015 2:08:13 PM
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came in the mail today and the action worked right out of the box as well as the trigger. rifle was missing butt plate but was sent a spare along with the gun. was able to strip the whole gun down in a few hours with basic tools and a little pb blaster and heat. due to pitting under the forend i dont think this will be much more then a wall hanger however that is what i expected. will look very nice when im done with it. only wood problems are rot around the first barrel band and pin and the top of the stock has about a 1 inch chunk missing. over all better then i expected.
Reviewed by stephen  p
9/10/2015 10:28:18 PM
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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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