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A 19th Century British Military Martini-Henry Service Rifle in 450/577 calibre

Stock Number: 50189


A classic 19th Century Martini Henry Mk111 British Military Service Rifle, in 450/577 metallic cartridge calibre




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UK and Ireland

Category: Firearms


This is a vg example of this iconic British military rifle, as used by the British and Commonwealth Forces, from C1873 – 1900.
With a standard 39″ round barrel, with a high % of smooth blue finish. The rifled bore is vg, and is chambered for the standard 450/577 calibre metallic cartridge.
The receiver is clearly stamped to the LHS ..
“Royal Crown/VR/BSA & M.CO/Issue stamp/1886/111/1”. There is no pitting, and there is a cocking indicator

To the top of the rear of the barrel, is a ladder sight, sighted to 1400 yards, with a working slider. To the RHS of the fore end of the barrel, is a bayonet bar, and to the top, a foresight.
The 2 piece walnut stock, is original, and is in vg condition, and no cracks, and only very minor dings and bruises of use.
To the RHS of the shoulder stock, is a fading roundall, the initials NSW, indicating that this rifle was issued to Australian forces of New South Wales. There is also the double arrow showing sold out of service, plus some unit numbers.
The clearing rod is original, and there is a leather sling, attached to the rifle by 2 sling swivels.
The entire rifle is profusely stamped with ordnance marks.
The Mk 111 is virtually identical to the Mk 11, including the short under lever, and the thumb recess to the rear RHS top of the receiver.
A pattern 1876 Lunge Bayonet, with it’s scabbard, is available, at extra cost

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GB Millais Antiques

I have dealt in Antique Arms and Armour for about 35 years, and my interest began as a school boy during the 2nd WW.
After leaving my home town of Leicester, I went to University, and qualified as a Dental Surgeon at Guys Hospital in 1961 .
My main interests are British and North American Arms of the 18th, 19th,and early 20th Century, plus a few Continental items.
It was 14 years ago that I retired from Dentistry. However, I have continued running my Antiques business, initially while still in practice, and now make most of my sales online, but still exhibit at a number of specialized Antique Arms and Militaria Fairs eg .. Bisley, Bristol, and also at the IACF Fairs, at Ardingly, Sussex.
I also deal in Period Scientific Instruments, mainly of a military association, and have a full listing on www.fleaglass.com.

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