Original British P-1885 Martini-Henry MkIV Rifle Pattern A with MkIII Sword Bayonet – Cleaned and Complete Condition
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Original Item: Part of our exclusive discovery of antique firearms in the royal palace of Nepal. The great success of the P-1871 Martini Henry Short Lever Rifle had only been marred by the occasional difficulty experienced with the ejection of the spent cartridge from powder residue fouling the chamber.
The solution was the introduction of the P-1885 “long lever” model that provided great leverage for case extraction. In front line service for only three years when it was superseded by the .303 cal P-1888 magazine Rifle the P-1885 Martini saw principal use in Britain’s overseas colonial empire.
Every “cleaned & complete” rifle we sell has been taking fully apart, carefully cleaned, preserved, and rebuilt replacing any worn or broken parts by our resident master antique gunsmith.
Official documentation tells us that approximately 22,000 Pattern A MkIV Martini Henry rifles were ever produced, making this the most rare model of them all.
Approximate MK IV Production numbers:
Pattern A- 22,000
Pattern B- 40,000
Pattern C- 100,000
Every MKIV Martini-Henry rifle bears a date within the 1880’s and comes complete with a fabulous original British manufactured MKIII Sword Bayonet with Scabbard.
Martini Henry Pattern A is a conversion of the Enfield Martini MK1.