Original Nepalese P-1878 Martini-Henry Francotte Pattern Short Lever Infantry Rifle - Cleaned and Complete
Original Item: 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.
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. However, these Nepalese made guns were not built to British standards and use poor materials and therefore are not intended to fire. No attempts should be made to fire one.
The Martini Short Lever Rifle saw tremendous and valiant service in the British Army worldwide, it's most famous appearance being in the ZULU WARS of 1879 memorialized in Hollywood Epic Movies and countless books and articles over the years. These particular Martini Infantry Rifles were used by the Gurkha detachments mostly in the Indian Sub Continent and are offered in as is condition only.
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