Original Item: Part of our exclusive discovery of antique firearms in the royal palace of Nepal. 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 from powder residue fouling the chamber.
The solution was the introduction of the P-1885 “long lever” model that provided great leverage for case extraction. In front line service for only three years when it was superseded by the .303 cal P-1888 magazine Rifle the P-1885 Martini saw principal use in Britain's overseas colonial empire.
Official documentation tells us that approximately 22,000 Pattern A MkIV Martini Henry rifles were ever produced, making this the most rare model of them all.
Approximate MKIV Production numbers:
Pattern A- 22,000
Pattern B- 40,000
Pattern C- 100,000
Every MKIV Martini-Henry rifle bears a date within the 1880's.
Martini Henry Pattern A is a conversion of the Enfield Martini MK1.
1) Barleycorn on block front sight
2) Short knocks-form with a small blanking panel fitted
3) Additional ‘V” stamped to receiver and stock
4) Two rows of proofing marks under barrel
5) Re-configured block with E-M marking
Below copy is courtesy of martinihenry.org-
On 15th Sept 1887, the first conversion was offered and the sealed pattern laid of the new MkIV rifle, a mongrel adaption of the existing Enfield Martini Mk1 pattern A. Gone was the safety catch and the quick loader, indeed all the Enfield Martini Pattern A, receivers had to be scrapped as the existing drill holes and boring rendered them unfit for conversion. Those barrels already in production, or fitted to arms were, re-bored and re-rifled with traditional Henry rifling at Enfield and Sparkbrook. The completed re-assembled arm required a re-proof of the barrels integrity, testimony to this action, two distinct lines of proof markings, firstly the .402” then the latter .450” proof.
The success of enhanced extraction of the longer lever of the Enfield Martini Pattern B rifle was readily adopted for all MkIV patterns, those existing Enfield –Martini A pattern walnut stocks required the brass stock cup re-siting to correspond with the long levers’ tip. The process required a fresh recess hole to be drilled and the cup re-set. A purpose made wooden plug was glued into the hole completing the process. As the stocks were all removed there is no consistency as which stock was fitted to A or B pattern, so they will be found on any pattern. Wherever possible the old components were re-used, and the “E-M” designation originally marked on many of the parts betrays today its original pedigree often scored through thus: E-M . The A pattern trigger assembly, designed to accept the E-M’s safety was reamed to remove the original configuration, whilst Receivers and butt stocks of the old pattern had an extra Roman numeral “V” stamped alongside the original “I”, whilst newly made but un-used components have a distinctive “IV” classification. A new pattern clearing rod, designed to spring into place and to be suitable with use of the new steel jag was installed and the nosecap was redesigned, however it was decided to retain to old pattern Barleycorn on Block foresight on the pattern “A”.
The “buckhorn” rear battle sight of the Enfield Martini was removed and a small panel was brazed into place on to repair the knocks form, to complete the aiming adjustment, conventional .450” black powder graduated sighting leaf from the MkIII was fitted., The new MkIV was re-stocked with the old MkIII pattern fore-wood and the traditional side fixed bayonet bar was re-installed, whilst the Enfield Martini’s wooden hand guard was dispensed with in the process.
What does “Untouched Condition” mean? OK, this is exactly what we are offering: Genuine pre-1898 British manufactured Martini-Henry Rifles that have laid undisturbed for well over 100 years in far from perfect storage conditions in the Old Palace of Lagan Silekhana in Katmandu, Nepal. Our DVD of "TREASURE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT" shows these very weapons as we found them and the story behind them.
What you will get:
• Stock [May have Cracks, Missing Chunks, Old repairs, Wood Rot]
• 2 Steel Barrel Bands
• Cleaning Rod
• Butt Plate
What you might not get:
• Screws [Butt Plate, Sling Swivel, etc]
• Sling Swivel
• Sight Leaf/Slide
• Other minor bits…
• Will show rust & pitting
• Will be covered in filth
• May not operate
• May be incomplete
• May have Cracks, Missing Chunks, Old repairs.
• May be frozen in grime
• May have cracks and/or rot in wood
However, every British Short Lever Martini-Henry will be 100% genuine! We ask you to look closely at the photographs, the example photographed here is a typical gun that could expect to receive, read reviews, both good and bad, and only then place an order understanding what you are likely to receive. We want Educated Aware Customers. If it isn't what you expect, that is fine, return it (before you attempt any restoration) and the full gun purchase price will be refunded to you, however the customer will pay shipping both ways. We can not exchange guns and will not get into an exchange situation, so please do not ask.
We are not trying to sell you an incomplete weapon and then sell you the missing parts. We will do our best to make sure it is complete as possible. One day we will also sell replacement parts, but that is in the distant future. We are not trying to frustrate you; we are trying to fill a void in the marketplace for genuine but affordable rare and unique antique weapons so that collectors and historians of all backgrounds can enjoy a genuine part of history.
These should be viewed as “project” guns, work on it with your Son or Grandson, clean it up, hang it over your mantle, or don’t clean it, they are impressive anyway you seem them. The price is affordable; the history is priceless.
If you want to shoot it, DON’T! If you still want to shoot it, take it to a licensed GUNSMITH first. These are 100+ year-old guns, be very careful, IMA sells these for display purposes only, they are not intended to be fired. Please buy our products, but do read the reviews and descriptions first. We feel you will agree that the recovery of old weapons from Nepal was a milestone for the collecting fraternity and we hope you enjoy a genuine antique weapon that has never been touched by any other collector than you.
NOTE: International orders of antique firearms MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services (courier). USPS Priority Mail international will not accept these.
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- Legal Information
IMA considers all of our antique guns as non-firing, inoperable and/or inert. Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 921(a)(16) defines antique firearms as all guns made prior to 1899. This law exempts antique firearms from any form of gun control or special engineering because they are not legally considered firearms. No FFL, C&R or any license is required to posses, transport, sell or trade Antique guns. All rifles and muskets sold by IMA that were manufactured prior to 1899 are considered Antiques by the US BATF (United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms). Therefore, all of IMA's Antique guns may be shipped to all US States and most nations around the world.
These antique guns are not sold in “live” condition. They are sold as collector’s items or as “wall hangers”. Any attempt at restoring an antique gun to be operational is strongly discouraged and is done so at the risk of the customer. By purchasing an antique gun from IMA you thereby release IMA, its employees and corporate officers from any and all liability associated with use of our Antique guns.
Pre-1899 Manufacture, no licenses required, allowed to ship to almost any deliverable address across the globe. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services.
- SUPRISED AT THE CONDITION UNDER ALL THAT JUNK Review by RALPH
Price Value Quality
After a long afternoon of scrubbing with solvents and rags I was rewarded with a surprisingly complete and good looking rifle. The only hitch was the all the screws were stuck and had be persuaded. After more than one hundred years in storage who can complain.
(Posted on 3/12/15)
- Another Great Martini! Review by Jim
Quality Price Value
Ordered a third MKIV, and as has been the case in the past, very happy with my purchase. Gun arrived well packed as always, and is a beauty, with most of the barrel showing vivid blue, with a receiver to match. Wood was very nice with some arsenal updates that were well done, and for me, enhance the gun's history and the stories she could tell. Bore is immaculate, which is important, as I hand load for - and shoot - all of my IMA guns. Alex and the team at IMA came through again. Strongly recommend that if you are considering a untouched MKIV to definitely take the plunge!
(Posted on 8/15/14)
- Good Project Rifle Review by Thomas
Quality Price Value
This was the second untouched gun I've purchased IMA, the first being a Snider which was in great condition and has already been to the range with me twice! However, the MH Mark IV I just purchased seems to be a bit of a rust-bucket compared to what other people have described in previous reviews. Upon initial unboxing the most glaring flaw was a badly corroded fore-end hook which had caused some wood rot and damage around it. I was unable to remove one of the screws, so I simply pulled it from the rotten wood and will buy a new hook and do some wood repairs later.
The wood itself is in good condition, the butt stock being better than the fore-end, however the arsenal stampings on the butt are pretty faint. The bluing is intact on most areas of the metal but has turned a deep brown rusty patina everywhere except the barrel. The butt plate is rusty with a big dent in it (smashed against a rock?). After a good cleaning and oiling the action seems to work well and may only require some minor adjustments. So far, however, I haven't been able to remove the stock bolt (and it seems it will be necessary as there is evidence of rusting between the butt stock and receiver) despite heating and heavy oiling with deep creep. There is also about 6 or 7 dime sized spots of pitting on the underside of the barrel, but they are shallow and should not affect anything if I shoot it. There was also some minor corrosion on the lower barrel band but nothing serious.
All this being said, The rifle I received was in good condition for something that sat in a dungeon for 100 years. While I am MILDLY disappointed after reading previous reviews, I can say there is nothing here I can't work with (provided I can get the stock bolt out), and the major redeeming quality of this particular rifle is the EXCELLENT bore which is still shiny and has strong rifling. With some elbow grease I'm sure this rifle can be a shooter again.
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(Posted on 8/12/14)
- Value for money Review by Andre
Price Value Quality
My MKIV arrived 4 days after ordering (from USA to Europe: that's fast!) It was indeed covered in filth, crud and grease, but the action worked flawlessly. Two minor parts were missing (cocking indicator retaining screw and rear sight cap) which IMA did not have in store, but which I could purchase in a UK webshop.
Superficial outer barrel pitting under the wood-line. No significant wood damage/rot. Unfortunately, there were hardly any stampings left on the stock, probably to arsenal refurbishment. Overall condition is very good: I am very happy.
(Posted on 5/19/14)
- Outstanding! Review by Kurt
Price Value Quality
Since I saw the movie Zulu when I was a boy I have always wanted a Martini Henry rifle. I ordered this a few days after Christmas and the shipping was very fast, but due to a blizzard UPS was delayed a day, but no worries. When I received this and opened it up, I could not believe the condition it was in, everything was intact, the stock has only one chip in it, I immediately opened the receiver which worked with no problem. The bore is clean with no major issues. I highly recommend this rifle and I can not express my gratitude to the professionalism while on the phone with International Military Antiques. I will forever continue buying from this company. Thanks for making a great Christmas this year!-Kurt Stevens
(Posted on 1/7/14)
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