Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Martini Henry Mk.II

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Martini Henry Mk.II

Date

1885

Object Number

XII.9999

Provenance

Old Tower Collections.

Physical Description

General Type Description: The breech chamber consists of the junction between the barrel and the stock. The breech of the barrel is enlarged at its base to form a chamber for the cartridge. A moveable block is operated by a pivoting lever. The short arm of the lever fits into a groove formed in the block its extremity is rounded to allow free movement. The block is supported in position by the lever preventing any change in position being caused by the force of discharge. On the upper side of the block is a hollow which corresponds with the aperture in the barrel when it is in position for the cartridge to be placed in it.
A cocking indicator is found on the right side of the action body taking the external form of a 'tear-drop' shaped switch
Butt and fore-end of wood stocked to within 3.375 inches of muzzle. A single Baddeley barrel band is found forward of the main sight where the sectional measurement of the stock decreases slightly. The fore-end is fitted with a barrel band which carries a bayonet bar and the forward sling swivel
The rear sling swivel is fitted to trigger guard.
Plain iron buttplate.
The main sight is of the ramp and ladder type.
The foresight is of the unprotected inverted V block type

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 49 in (1245 mm), Barrel length: 32.5 in (826 mm)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

.577/.450 in

Inscriptions and Marks

On the right side of the action body: Crown over VR over ENFIELD over 1885; Crown over downwards pointing broad arrow; II; Crown over BR over 9. On the knocksform: 2; Crown over E over 40 (x2); Crown over BR over 77; R; Upwards pointing broad arrow over WD; Crown over E; Crown over E over 6 (x2); Crown over VR over crossed lances over 2P; Crown over VR 1P. Left side of action body: Crown over VR over crossed lances over 2P; Crown over E over 6. Underside of lever: Upwards pointing broad arrow over WD; Crown over E over 26. Underside of trigger guard: Crown over E over 69 Underside of butt: T; 538 Right side of butt: 3 over 1889; Enfield Stores Roundel; V over 3.GH over 665

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

See I.D.Skennerton and B.A.Temple,'A Treatise on theBritish Military Martini', Arms and Armour Press 1983.