just taken delivery of my winter project - a 1878 Francotte Martini Henry short lever - from IMA. This is one of their "untouched" firearms from the Nepal cache. With the "untouched" arms it is I believe a lucky dip in terms of condition and completeness, but IMA do make that very clear on their site. But it was only $189 plus postage so worth a bit of a punt I thought.
First impressions are good, it is complete apart from the butt plate (all missing as taken for the brass). Covered in years of accumulated grease and crud but in really sound condition, with woodwork good apart with a few minor dings. Some corrosion on the barrel along the line of the hand stock but nothing too terrible
A few photos, first straight out of the box, and the second set after quick clean a vulpex liquid soap. Next job will be to strip down and give it a thorough clean.