Original M-1878 Martini-Henry Francotte Pattern Short Lever Infantry Rifle: Untouched Barreled Receiver with Stocks
Original Item: Very Few Available. ALL SALES FINAL; no returns, refunds or exchanges. 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 by the .303 cal Lee Metford bolt action Rifle's introduction into the British Military System. Although the British never embraced this European improvement, these "Improved System Rifles" saw much service on frontiers all over the World. These Gurkha made examples were found in Military Storage in their homeland of Nepal.
We call these HALF RIFLES or PARTS GUNS because that's just what they are, all the butts and various other parts are gone, blown off in combat if you like. We repeat, however, these remains are genuine remains and date from the late 1800s.
We have had many requests to sell these incomplete, broken, battlefield pickup rifles so that they can be stripped down, used for parts, rebuilt, etc... Well, we listened, and have just a few of these available again, after an exhaustive inventory of our remaining Nepal Cache guns.
Each Rifle is offered totally AS IS condition, completely un-cleaned, incomplete 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 roughly 75% complete but no guarantees as to what use or damage may be found after more than 100 years of neglect and storage. These are the typical detailed photographs but no two will be alike. This is a very rare opportunity to own a significant piece of military history that greatly affected wars on three continents at a very special discounted price.
The only parts that we will guarantee you will receive are:
- Receiver (Empty)
- Rear and Fore Stocks
- All other parts are luck of the draw. These are essentially "barreled receivers" with stocks.
The photographs on our website represent typical examples of what you can expect to receive. There were several different patterns of these guns, so there may be slight variations in the style.
Feel free to request a part that you need but please do not purchase this "PARTS GUN" if you are not prepared to risk that you might not get it. Again do not purchase this gun if you are not prepared to lose the purchase price and shipping cost as ALL SALES ARE FINAL. A VERY LIMITED SUPPLY.
Years of Manufacture: circa 1890
Caliber: .577/450 Martini-Henry
Ammunition Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 33 inches
Overall Length: 49 1/2
Action type: Lever Action Falling Block (Missing)
Feed System: Single Shot
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This product is available for international shipping.
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