M-1878 Martini Henry Short Lever Infantry Rifle Untouched

Manufacturer part number: IMACC

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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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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.
- Jay, April 03, 2016 | Verified Purchase
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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.
- James, March 26, 2016 | Verified Purchase
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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.
- Gerald, March 05, 2016 | Verified Purchase
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Product as described.  Good value.
- William, January 25, 2016 | Verified Purchase
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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
- John, December 28, 2015
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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.
- Ronald, December 16, 2015 | Verified Purchase
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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.
- Vol, December 11, 2015 | Verified Purchase
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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.    
- Joseph , December 10, 2015 | Verified Purchase
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You get exactly what you paid for. A really dirty, rusty, frozen, banged up, 'never be more than a wall hanger'. Rusted inside barrel, bent and rusted cleaning rod, with no interesting crests or markings. This is a rifle that just begs to be rebuilt with plenty of TLC ever a period of a year or more. WARNING: DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT SHOOTING THESE. EVER.
I bought two, one of them to 'restore' and another one to display 'as found'. Make up a good story to go with it, starting with "found in the dungeons of a lost temple in the deep Himalayas, surrounded by the bones of captured Yetis."
- Edward, November 29, 2015 | Verified Purchase
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Arrived absolutely filthy but cleaned up beautifully thank you
- Kody, November 13, 2015 | Verified Purchase
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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.
- Ronald, November 13, 2015 | Verified Purchase
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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.
- Mike, November 10, 2015 | Verified Purchase
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It is UNTOUCHED but will be fun to rebuild.
- Dale, October 16, 2015 | Verified Purchase
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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.
- David, September 22, 2015 | Verified Purchase
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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.
- Jeremy, September 15, 2015
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