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Martini Henry Infantry Rifle Untouched No Markings



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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.

This is the same gun as the Short Lever Martini Henry with the exception that this one has no markings on the receiver.  The butt stocks have been repaired and stamped by the Birmingham Arsenal. There is a $10.00 additional shipping & handling charge with item, cannot be shipped USPS. We can hand select the best rifle for an additional fee of $50.00.

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. 

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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My rifle is a Mark11,is marked 1876 and was refurbished in 1890 at the RSAF ordinance factory in Birmingham UK.The factory building is still there.It is stamped RSAF Birmingham. It was sent to Fort William in Calcutta, and has a faint Fort William stamp and then it was sent to Nepal The rifle itself needed a good clean but underneath the dirt the original plumb brown finish is still there on the receiver and barrel.This would have been lost if I had not cleaned if gently. The action works beautifully, just like new and the bore is clean and shiny. The woodwork on the fore stock is excellent but the butt stock has crack in the wrist and there is some rotting near the cup where the lever fits. Apart from that it really is excellent. It is a wonderful piece of history at a wonderful price. I will not be shooting mine because I would need a UK Firearms Licence. I will not be repairing it apart from oiling the action and using a couple of coats of BLO on the woodwork. The dings and cracks are part of it's history I am so glad that I bought this from  Atlanta Cutlery, even with the shipping costs to the UK it still works out cheaper than buying a Martini Henry in the UK. Thanks very much.
- Michael, May 10, 2013
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  Gun was just as I thought it would be, was in great condition with strong shiny bore with deep lands and grooves. Had some large areas of pitting but was shallow and are easy to buff out, should be a great shooter when restored, came cacked in dry grease and dirt easy clean up, always go hand select if possible they will get you a good one. if you plan to shoot yours, always use the correct ammo and load, and never use smockles powder, and make sure it is in safe condition, a beutiful piece of brittish history.
- Christopher, April 17, 2012
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Hi Michael - Glad you are pleased with the rifle.  Our sister site,, does carry Pith Helmets in khaki & white.
- Atlanta Cutlery Team, August 08, 2011
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Recieved and cleaned up great. ordered on a Sunday got it on Friday. just have to get ammo. and a pith helmet. will watch ZULU tonight with it.  perfect bore and action. looks like brand new never fired.********
  Hey  funny thing  I found out about my rifle I bought .  It may have never had a shot fired out of it.  the snap caps I ordered from England  didn't fit the gun.  I thought they may have sent me the wrong ones. Well I got my ammo today  all $200 of it  40 rounds.

and it wouldn't fit either.  !!!!!

So being a smart Okie I took the gun apart.  and realized that this gun could not be fired the way it was.  the buttstock screw  that holds the buttstock on   extends in to the reciever so far that the breechblock cannot drop down far enough to allow a round to enter the chamber. !!!!!!!  hard to think that 130 years ago noone thought to try a round in the gun before issueing ti to troops.   I wouldn't want to face 4000 Zulu's  with a gun that wouldn't chamber a round.  I think my pants would turn brown really quick!!!!!  would sure have to be up on my bayonet practice. !!!!!!!  easy enough to fix. a little grinding and shoud be back i business.

- Michael, August 03, 2011 | Verified Purchase
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This is the 3rd MH that I purchased, The first two from IMA. The unmarked is absolutly beautiful. This one will need very little work. Operated right out of the box. Always go with the select if you can. Thanks AC!
- John, June 22, 2011 | Verified Purchase
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Ordered on Monday night and arrived Thursday afternoon. Packaging in good shape. Paid for hand select. Other than dirty and two small cracks in stock (easy to repair) it looks great. Much better than expected. Very satisfied. Norman
- Norman, February 20, 2011 | Verified Purchase
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Recieved this rifle in very good condition.  The wood is in good condition, and there are no broken or missing parts.  There is some pitting on the barrel under the wood-line, but not seen with the stock on.  The bore is very good.  The real surprise is the action.  Very clean, no grease or gunk of any kind.  Very lttle wear, looks like it has been rebuilt with new parts.  They did do a good job of scrubbing the exterior markings, but the internal parts have all the proof marks.  Another winner from AC.  Thank you!
- Dean, December 07, 2009
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Much better than I was expecting. Lots of history in this rifle and a great companion for a night watching Zulu!
- Mark, October 15, 2009 | Verified Purchase
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