Original British P-1871 Martini-Henry MkII Short Lever Rifle (1870's Dates) with Socket Bayonet and Scabbard- Cleaned & Complete
Original Item: The Martini-Henry MkII rifle is best known for its use in the Zulu War at the Battle of Rorke's Drift on 22nd January 1879. This battle was the iconic defense of the mission station by a small force of British and colonial troops; which saw a record award of Victoria Crosses and restored the faith of Victorian Britain in the Army.
IMA's Martini-Henry MkII Rifles come straight from our exclusive discovery of arms in the royal palace of Nepal. The Martini-Henry is probably the most famous military rifle of the Victorian era incorporating the early short lever with 33" barrel in the new .45 caliber. This was the first manufactured breech loader to be adopted for general issue by the British Army. Internationally known for its role in the movies "Zulu" and "Zulu Dawn" it should be noted that at the Battle of Isandhlnana in January 1879 where the British lost its entire command of 1300 men, the Zulu's suffered in excess of 2000 casualties. Followed by the memorable action at Rorke's Drift, the Martini Henry Rifle more than any other represents British Colonial rule during the Victorian era.
Every "cleaned & complete" rifle we sell has been taking fully apart, carefully cleaned, preserved, and rebuilt replacing any worn or broken parts by a master antique gunsmith.
Every Martini-Henry bears a date in the 1870's (Dates vary within the 1870's). Manufactures vary- most common types are BSA and Enfield.
Comes complete with a Nepalese manufactured Martini-Henry Socket Bayonet with reproduction leather and brass hilt scabbard.
Years of Manufacture: 1871-1879
Caliber: .577/450 Martini-Henry
Ammunition Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 32 inches
Overall Length: 49 Inches
Action type: Lever Action Falling Block
Feed System: Single Shot
Blade Length: 20 1/2"
Blade Style: T-shaped
Overall length: 25 1/4"
Scabbard Length: 22"
NOTE: "Cleaned and Complete" antique guns are cleaned to order, so these will not be available for same-day expedited shipping. Restoration times can vary but are typically 2-3 weeks. International orders of antique firearms MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services (courier). USPS Priority Mail international will not accept these.
- This product is not available for shipping in US state(s): New Jersey
This product is available for international shipping.
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 possess, 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.
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