Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Martini Henry Mk.II

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Martini Henry Mk.II



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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 3.25 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: Overall length: 49.5 in (1257 mm), Barrel length: 32.5 in (826 mm)


.577/.450 in

Inscriptions and Marks

On the right side of the action body: N. A. & A. Co., 1878, Q and G framing upwards pointing broad arrow (twice) and 297 On the left side of the action body: conjoined broad arrows, MARTINI PATENT PROPRIETERS On the knocksform: Conjoined broad arrows, 457, addorsed R's Underside of fore-end: QG, No.297, 14 Right side of fore-end: Addorsed R's Right side of fore-end: Addorsed R's Right side of butt: Addorsed R's, conjoined broad arrows, Q and G seperated by an upwards pointing broad arrow, 07, circular stamp reading 'THE NATIONAL ARMS AND AMMUNITION CO. LTD.' around the race and in the centre 'BIRMINGHAM 1878'


Places Britain


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