Original Item: These are 100% genuine British Manufactured Martini-Henry Rifles from our 2003 acquisition of historical firearms from the palace of Lagan Silekhana in Katmandu, Nepal. None of these rifles are Afghan made Khyber Pass fakes or forgeries that are commonly encountered on the market today. These are genuine British Made Victorian Issue, the real deal and offered in “Untouched Condition” at an affordable price!
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 MKIV 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 In front line service for only three years when it was superseded by the .303 cal P-1888 magazine Rifle.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 Mk4 P1885 Martini saw principal use in Britain's overseas Colonial Empire. Each Long Lever Martini-Henry bears a date within the 1880's. British manufactured Bayonet and scabbard available separately.
Each Martini-Henry bears a date from the 1880's (Dates vary). British manufactured Bayonet and scabbard available separately.
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.
- Shipping Restrictions
This product is not available for shipping in US state(s) New Jersey .
This product is available for international shipping.
- Payment Options
The following payment Options are available for this item:
American Express: available
Google checkout: not available
Paypal: not available.
- 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.
- 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)
- Another Excellent IMA Gun! Review by Jim
Price Value Quality
Purchased an untouched MK IV to keep my IMA MK II and Snider company and was not disappointed, Wood and metal were great with lovely finish still present on both. Bore near perfect, and should be a great shooter. Restoration work needed was minimal, with remnants of a stuck foil case needing extraction and some work to adapt the MK II breechblock that was likely incorrectly fitted by a Nepalese armorer 100 plus years ago. Action is beautifully tight and crisp, and a primer test firing reveals a well indented primer and headspace looks good as well...this one is going tom the range very soon. Purchased a second MK IV and looking forward to it arriving in a few days. If you are looking for a great project, do not hesitate to order one - or more - of these magnificent, historical Martys and make her your own before they are gone!
(Posted on 12/24/13)
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