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P-1871 Martini Henry Short Lever 1880’s Dated British 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.

Of British Manufacture, 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.

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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Received a 1881 dated Enfield, rifle was complete but forend badly damaged ( dry split like a burst hot dog) and buttstock shattered and missing pieces from rusted stock bolt. Buttstock is unfixable.
- Charles, July 10, 2014 | Verified Purchase
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Got my first Martini Henry, 1877. Other than a small chunk of wood off the side of the stock at the rear band, it is in awesome condition for a gun this age. Everything works on it as well. Great Customer Service and fast S&H. Love this gun
- Joseph, July 11, 2013 | Verified Purchase
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Almost finished with it and no problems. (1889 date)
- Ivan, March 11, 2012
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I ordered the Martini Henry rifle not too long ago.  Being the first one I bought on here I was a little nervous.  When I received this, not only was I wowed, but this is just one awesome item.  Do not hesitate to pay the extra cash for the hand pick!  You will not be disappointed.  The rife has some wear as you'd expect with antique guns, but its nothing bad at all.  Just need to clean it is all.  From the look over, I believe this rife can fire again.  I'll be ordering another rifle from these guys soon.  Great people to deal with!
- Chris, December 25, 2010
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