Sold Out The great success of the P-1871 Martini Henry short lever rifle had only been marred by the occasional difficulty experienced with the ejection of the spent cartridge, due to powder residue fouling the chamber. The solution was the introduction of the P-1885 Long Lever model that provided greater leverage for case extraction. In front line service for only three years when it was superseded by the .303 caliber P-1888, the P-1885 Martini saw principal use in Britain's overseas Colonial Empire. These rifles are in good to very good condition. There is a $10.00 additional shipping & handling charge with item, cannot be shipped USPS.
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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Hand select option. Barrel in mint condition. Wood stock in good condition. Some of the screws need to be replaced if I plan to disassemble the rifle on a regular basis. Very good sights and easy to understand range settings. Shoots straight up to 400 meters (437 yards) But I guess even longer, but have not tried that yet. All in all a far better rifle than I expected.
- Finn Olav Eskilt, October 17, 2013 | Verified Purchase
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05/28/2013 Just received my 1885 Martini-Henry. Outstanding !!! I'd rate the overall condition of the rifle to be 90 to 95% and have already decided to order another to use as a "Gunsmith Project" to sporterize. Most likely an octagonal barreled .45-70 Govmt. Can you say British Sharps.
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