an1460a.577/450” British Ordnance issue Martini Henry B pattern MkIV service rifle.

£895

 

.577/450” British Ordnance issue Martini Henry B pattern MkIV service rifle.  Mk4 action engraved to the right side with Crowned VR over ENFIELD 1887 and off set IV over 1 with broad arrow ownership mark. Walnut stock with regulation iron furniture marked with various Indian army issue and inspection stamps next to a IV Enfield roundel over stamped with issue number 3262. Barrel with ladder rear sight to 1300 yards has B pattern ramp fore sight and is struck with Enfield military proof marks. Originally designed as a .402” replacement for the .450” Martini’s in British service the long lever Mk4 was overtaken by events and the army adopted the .303” Long Lee Metford for front line service but the large number of .402” Martinis that had been made were left in store at considerable expense to the exchequer. It was decided to re bore the rifles to the old .577/450” calibre and then issue them to the Indian army where the long lever designed for use in hot climates to allow better extraction would be of benefit. These B pattern rifles were built on the .402” Martini Enfield actions already made at the factory after the small bore project was abandoned. In good condition with very good bore and tight lock up, nice sharp stock and metal work with much blue finish remaining. A nice example of a regulation arm of the British army in India and the last of the line of the Martini’s.

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