Original British 1896 Martini Enfield .303 Artillery Carbine MkI
Original Item: Only one available. Today these have become very hard to find. Originally manufactured in 1882 in .450/577 caliber as an artillery carbine this example was converted to .303 caliber in 1896.
Right side of action is marked:
Left side of action is marked:
Lightly cleaned and ready to display with all original parts. Fitted to accept both the P-1888 Lee Metford and 1895 Long Lee Enfield knife bayonets
Very nice overall condition, bore is 7+.Conversion from Martin Henry MkIII Rifle. Based upon the MMACIII, the carbine was made from MkIII rifles withdrawn from service, a new purpose made Enfield rifled barrel was fitted a capital E stamped upon the knocksform to denote that form of rifling. Sighting was 2000 yards. The bayonet fitting is the rigbypattern and is designed to accept the P1888 sword bayonet, the single part forend is fixed via a hook plate into the receiver.
In 1897 the clearing rod was abolished and the M.E.A.C.1* has no hole or rod channel. Production Figures : Mk1 & Mk1*
8000 from the Henry Rifled Barrel Co 18th .April 1896
2800 from Enfield 4th June 1896
6000 from the Henry Rifled Barrel Co 17th March 1897
18,000 From Enfield 1st April 1897
252 from Enfield 10th June 1897 (Indian Contract)
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