Martini-Enfield rifles were, by and large, conversions of the Zulu War era. Whilst most Martini-Enfields were converted rifles, a number were newly manufactured as well. Originally from Martini-Henry conversions used Metford rifled barrels and were known as Martini-Metford rifleswhich were more than suitable for the first.
Khyber Pass Copies The Khyber Pass region between Pakistan and Afghanistan has long had a reputation for producing unlicensed, home-made copies of firearms using whatever materials are available- more often than not, railway sleepers, junked motor vehicles, and scrap metal. During the various British military expeditions in the North-West Frontier, the locals acquired examples of the Martini-Henry, Martini-Enfield, and later, Lee-Enfield rifles and began to make their own copies.
The quality on such rifles varies from "As good as a factory-produced example" to "dangerously unsafe", tending towards the latter end of the scale. The ammunition used in the region is often underloaded, being made from a variety of powders -or even old film which contains nitrocellulose, a key component of smokeless powder.
As such, Khyber Pass Copy rifles cannot generally stand up to the pressures generated by modern commercial ammunition, and it is generally advised that they not be fired under any circumstances, although there are a few collectors out there who have made extremely mild handloaded cartridges for their Khyber Pass rifles.
This practice is NOT recommended, and anyone firing a Khyber Pass rifle is doing so at their own risk. Victoria Regina cyphers dated after Queen Victoria died inso any rifles made after this should be stamped "E. There has been surprisingly little interest in the Khyber Pass varieties of rifle in the Military Surplus collecting community, which is odd given that many of the Khyber Pass rifles are richly decorated and make excellent "wall-hangers" or conversation pieces.
A number have recently been imported into the US by returning soldiers and some of the larger Arms Wholesalers, so interest in them may grow in the future. Australian Military Guns. British Military Guns. Mannlicher Military Rifles.
Mauser Military Rifles.Anyone who's been reading the Improved thread in the Reloading section would know I picked up a Martini Enfield action last week. But I got a chance to look it over on Saturday and found out some very interesting little facts about it. A number of us speculated that it was Pakistani, Turkish or even Afghan but turns out we were all wrong. In England became a protectorate of Egypt because of their enormous internal problems.
While they were only supposed to be there to "help" England effectually ran the govt and military and as such White Hall decided what sort of small arms they'd be carrying. They scrubbed the crown insignia from the side of the Martini Enfields and stamped them with the insignia shown above. This was done so that appearances were kept up and the English didn't appear to completely run Egypt. The actually meansthe year it was sold to Egypt. Anyhow, there you go.
You cannot grumble about the law, mate - you could do a lot of damage with that thing. The fact that there is no barrel attached to it does not make it any less dangerous.
Does it? I'd get him to clean that bolt face up as well while his got it. Does it look bad or will he want to smooth it up? I'm not sure that the stuff on the breech face isn't grease and gunk. I didn't think it was corrosion when I looked at it on Saturday. BTW, will the firing pin need bushing? A friend asked if I'd have it done but I thought it would be safe enough since it was originally chambered for. New Posts. Members Profile. Post Reply. Seriously, a nice piece of history. Possible application in limp-by shootings.
I agree in it's presant state it could be used as a set of Knuckle dusters or even worse use to throw at some one! There by making it a missle! Do'nt you know Andy these laws are made to protect us!!!!!!!!! WE must learn to appreciate that certain parties are terrified of fire arms!
This is a perfectly trait of human nature! People are scared of things they don't understand! On a serous note Keith is going to have a field day with that action when it gets to Sprinters! Dave Ummm Leave it in Kieths most capible hands. Andy he will do the fireing pin as a matter of course! He does this as part of the Smithing. You cannot post new topics in this forum You cannot reply to topics in this forum You cannot delete your posts in this forum You cannot edit your posts in this forum You cannot create polls in this forum You cannot vote in polls in this forum.
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Click here for more information.The Martini—Henry is a breech-loading single-shot lever-actuated rifle that was used by the British Army. It first entered service ineventually replacing the Snider—Enfielda muzzle-loader converted to the cartridge system. Martini—Henry variants were used throughout the British Empire for 47 years. It combined the dropping-block action first developed by Henry O. Peabody in his Peabody rifle and improved by the Swiss designer Friedrich von Martini, combined with the polygonal rifling designed by Scotsman Alexander Henry.
Though the Snider was the first breechloader firing a metallic cartridge in regular British service, the Martini was designed from the outset as a breechloader and was both faster firing and had a longer range.
It was seen in use by some Afghan tribesmen as late as the Soviet invasion. Their weapons were of a poorer quality than those made by Royal Small Arms FactoryEnfield, but accurately copied down to the proof markings. The British called such weapons " Pass-made rifles ". In the original chambering, the rifles fired a round-nosed, tapered-head. This sat on top of the main powder charge inside initially a rimmed brass foil cartridgelater made in drawn brass.
The cartridge case was paper lined so as to prevent the chemical reaction between the black powder and the brass. Known today as the. It was charged with 85 grains 5. The standard bayonet was a socket-type spikeeither converted from the older Pattern overall length The replacement was gradual, to use up existing stocks of the old ammunition. However, before this was complete, the decision was made to replace the Martini—Henry rifles with the.
Consequently, to avoid having three different rifle calibres in service, the Enfield—Martinis were withdrawn, converted to 0. Some 0. During the Martini—Henry's service life the British Army was involved in a large number of colonial wars, most notably the Anglo-Zulu War in The rifle was used in the Battle of Isandlwanaand by the company of the 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot at the battle of Rorke's Driftwhere British soldiers successfully defended themselves against several thousand Zulus.
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The weapon was not completely phased out until The rifle suffered from cartridge-extraction problems during the Zulu War, mostly due to the thin, weak, pliable foil brass cartridges used: they expanded too much into the rifle's chamber on detonation, to the point that they stuck or tore open inside the rifle's chamber. It would eventually become difficult to move the breech block and reload the rifle, substantially diminishing its effectiveness, or rendering it useless if the block could not be opened.
After investigating the matter, the British Army Ordnance Department determined the fragile construction of the rolled brass cartridge, and fouling due to the black-powder propellant, were the main causes of this problem. To correct this, the weak rolled brass cartridge was replaced by a stronger drawn brass version, and a longer loading lever was incorporated into the MK-IV to apply greater torque to operate the mechanism when fouled.
English hunters on various safaris, mainly in Africa, found the Martini using a cordite charge and a grain full-metal-jacketed bullet effective in stopping large animals such as hippopotamus up to 80 yards away.
The powder's burning with less pressure inside the cartridge case prevented the brass cases from sticking inside the rifle's chamber because they were not expanding as much as the original black-powder loads did. The rifle remained a popular competition rifle at National Rifle Association meetings, at Bisley, Surreyand NRA Civilian and Service Rifle matches from —, where it was used up to 1, yards using the standard military service ammunition of the day.
By the s the. But by more target shooters were using the new. Inhowever, it was generally found that in average hands the. This was due to the bullet going subsonic after yards and gradually losing speed thereafter, which in turn affected consistency and accuracy of the bullet in flight.
During most of the key battles, such as Rorke's Drift and the battle of Ulundithe order to volley fire was not given until the Zulus were at or within yards.Participation Requirements: Valid Credit Card required for bidding approval.
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Text Reminder. Open Fullscreen. Item Views. Standard blade front and ladder rear sights and steel cleaning rod. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with cartouches and unit markings on the right side.
Complete with a leather sling and Pattern bayonet. Good as arsenal refurbished. The metal surfaces have a dark brown patina with some minor pitting on the barrel. The markings are clear. The action is fine. The sling is good with age cracking. The bayonet is good with some moderate wear on the handle. Very faint receiver markings and various British proofs on the breech end of the barrel, lever and barrel bands.
Ramped blade front sight and folding ladder rear sight graduated to 1, meters. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm and straight grip stock with numerous letters and numbers stamped into the stock. Complete with a leather sling, original Pattern bayonet and cleaning rod. Arsenal refinished with a mix of smooth brown patina and thin blue finish on the barrel.
The wood is about good with minor to moderate dents, an old repair on top of the wrist at the receiver and some scratches. The sling is good with some minor age cracking and edge wear.
The bayonet is good with some wear on the leather handle and some discoloration on the blade. Click here to see keyboard shortcuts. Exits full screen view for items. Moves to previous lot, or moves to previous image if full screen view is enabled.
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Share This Article. The front sight is a ramped blade, the rear is an elevation adjustable ladder style. Finish has mild scattered patina. Right side of the stock has several British and Persian cartouches and markings.
Bore is bright with dark grooves. Guard and scabbard have browned with mild patina. Leather scabbard is also Persian marked with patina chape and throat fitting. Cleaning rod is present. Product Videos. Custom Field Caliber Martini. Action Single shot.
FirearmType Rifle. LicenseType ANT. Product Reviews. You May Also Like Quick view. Add to Cart. This item has been sold.Martini—Enfield rifles were, by and large, conversions of the Zulu War era. Whilst most Martini—Enfields were converted rifles, a number were newly manufactured as well.
Originally from Martini—Henry conversions used Metford rifled barrels and were known as Martini—Metford rifleswhich were more than suitable for the first. Inthe Enfield rifled barrel was introduced, which was much more suitable for use with "modern" smokeless ammunition.
Martini—Enfield rifles were very well made and are more than capable of handling modern commercial. The Khyber Pass region between Pakistan and Afghanistan has long had a reputation for producing unlicensed, home-made copies of firearms using whatever materials are available- more often than not, railway sleepers, junked motor vehicles, and scrap metal. During the various British military expeditions in the North-West Frontierthe locals acquired examples of the Martini—HenryMartini—Enfield, and later, Lee—Enfield rifles and began to make their own copies.
The quality on such rifles varies from "As good as a factory-produced example" to "dangerously unsafe", tending towards the latter end of the scale. As such, Khyber Pass Copy rifles cannot generally stand up to the pressures generated by modern commercial ammunition, because of the significant possibility of severe injury or death to the operator it is generally advised that such weapons should not be fired under any but the most extremely unlikely rare and desperate circumstances, although some collectors have made mild handloaded cartridges for their Khyber Pass rifles.
Many different versions of the original Enfield rifles are on sale at UNUnited States or NATO -authorized bazaars usually adjacent to or within in military or diplomatic installations in Afghanistan. Until that time, it was common to find a great variety of 'Khyber pass' fake weapons.
These ranged a gamut of Martini—Henry's, Snider-converted original Enfield pattern 's, blatant knockoffs of the Martini—Henry rifles that lacked all British markings completely and were often engraved with popular Middle Eastern geometric and scrollwork designs. After the limitations regarding the loading method cut the supply of these being brought into Bazaars went into effect, many of the vendors simply resorted to bringing fake muzzle-loading British pattern 'Tower' rifles to sell as send home replicas.
While some vendors may claim them to be made by Enfield, most usually make no claim at all regarding their authenticity.
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