Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Martini Henry Mk.II

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Martini Henry Mk.II



Object Number



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 3.125 inches of the 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 fore-end is drilled through.
The barrel is cut through in front of the knocksform in an attempt to de-activate.
The rear sling swivel is fitted to trigger guard.
Chequered buttplate.
A full length cleaning rod is found beneath the barrel.
The main sight is of the ramp and ladder type.
The foresight is of the unprotected inverted V block type


.577/.45 in

Inscriptions and Marks

On the right side of the action body: Crown over VR, crown over downwards pointing Broad Arrow, crown over BR over 40, BSA & Co., II, crown, 2. On the knocksform: Crown over BR over 6, crown over VR over crossed lances with pennants over 2P, conjoined broad arrows, addorsed R's. On the fore-end of the stock: Crown over BR over 4, crown over BR over 5, crown over BR over 7, 4, 2, addorsed R's. Top of action body: S-X Left of action body: conjoined broad arrows


Places Britain


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