Object Title

Centrefire underlever breech-loading rifle - Peabody-Martini-Henry Model 1874

Centrefire underlever breech-loading rifle - Peabody-Martini-Henry Model 1874

Date

about 1880

Object Number

PR.6537

Provenance

Gifted with the MOD Pattern Room Collection 2005.

Physical Description

The right side of the receiver is stamped with Arabic numerals, and the Ottoman Tungra (Coat of Arms), somewhat fading. Stocked to 3 3/16 inches of the muzzle, the barrel retained by two bands. The upper band carries the bayonet bar on the right side and is pinned through the fore-end; the lower band is of Baddeley style and carries the upper sling loop. It is held by a pin in front on the right side, and serves to anchor the front of the hand guard which extends back to the receiver. The barrel has been sleeved, and the muzzle section to just in back of the foresight is part of the sleeve. The bayonet support bar is on top of the barrel ahead of the foresight. The foresight is blade dovetailed into a high block, even with the fore-end cap. The backsight is of early Mauser pattern of quadrant construction, the leaf being hinged at the front and rising on low ramps with the slide being spring held. Graduated to 2000 metres, in Arabic.

Techniques

Mass manufactured

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength29.1 in.
BarrelLength740 mm
OverallLength45 in.
OverallLength1140 mm
OverallWeight3.8 kg
OverallWeight8.7 lb

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number Arabic script

Calibre

7.65 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

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Arabic letters
Top of Receiver
Stamped
Patent and manufacturer's marking
PEABODY & MARTINI PATENTS PROVIDENCE TOOL CO. PROV.R.I.USA
Left side of the receiver
Stamped

Notes

Contract for 200,000 martini rifles received by Providence Tool Co. via O.F Winchester in August, 1872. Original calibre .577/450 Martini-Henry, later converted to 7.65 mm Turkish cartridge by sleeving the barrel.