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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32 Customer Review(s)
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Arrived absolutely filthy but cleaned up beautifully thank you
Reviewed by Kody  G
11/13/2015 8:45:46 PM
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Just what I wanted and came with all its parts. Cleaned up good some pitting under hand gared. Bore slugged .458 with nice rifling and no rust or pits. This is a Napal made rifle.
Reviewed by Ronald  J
11/13/2015 7:00:30 PM
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When I first pulled it out of the box thought maybe I was in over my head. Believe all the stories on how dirty they are , many rolls of paper towels , degreaser, and cleaners plus plenty of elbow grease. But me and my son are having a blast cleaning it up and fixing the mostly minor repairs for a rifle that's been sitting this long. For the history with this rifle its been money well spent.
Reviewed by mike  s
11/10/2015 12:32:18 PM
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it is UNTOUCHED but will be fun to rebuild.
Reviewed by dale  b
10/16/2015 6:52:49 AM
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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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