Original Belgian Manufactured Muscat Martini-Henry Cavalry Carbine with Trigger Safety

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Original Item: Only One Available. Not British although it follows the British Cavalry Carbine design, this is a Belgian made carbine for the Islamic market of the Middle East. The top of the barrel is marked:

Premiere Qualite


The barrel is also serial numbered 3784.

The action on both sides and along the top of the barrel has been decoratively engraved and features Arabic writing on the left side plate.

Martinis built or engraved for the Muscat market are almost always Belgian, although surplus British Martinis were imported as well, and they are usually well-made. In fact, Martinis seem to be one of the firearms which fared quite well in the Belgian trade - as compared with such firearms as their notorious "Belgian bridge" Navy Colt copies, or copies of the break-open .44 Smith and Wessons, which depended on more delicate parts than the European military revolvers. "Mascate", sometimes used, is just the French form of "Muscat". They were made in similar numbers for countries such as Persia too.

The wiggly lines to break up barrel reflection is a common factor on most of these guns, the ladder rear sight is often removed and replaced with a little brass fixed peep-sight, soldered to the barrel immediately in front of the action. However, this example retains its original ladder sight. Another notable feature is a trigger safety that when engraved prevents the shooter from dropping the lever in order to load or pull the trigger for firing once loaded.

Very unusual, very short and ideal for use while riding a Camel!

Measures 37.75 inches in overall length.

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