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1879 Romanian Martini Henry and 1874 russian .44

Article about: Here are two of my rare guns: A romanian Martini Henry and a .44 russian revolver 1874. This is a cavalry rifle, not a normal martini henry, a very rare and historical piece. Probably only a

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    Here are two of my rare guns: A romanian Martini Henry and a .44 russian revolver 1874. This is a cavalry rifle, not a normal martini henry, a very rare and historical piece, made by the WITTEN factory in Germany. There are probably only a few thousand romanian cavalry martini henrys in the entire world today, if that .The revolver looks like it has seen a lot in his life. It probably took part in the russo-turkish war of 1878. It's in a decent condition (after cleaning it a lot) , everything works, mechanically good inside but not a perfect action. This particular revolver was made in Russia at the Tula plant; russian writing is barely visible on the barrel. I LOVE OLD GUNS WHICH HAVE SEEN ACTION; THESE TWO DEFINITELY HAD
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    Last edited by nicholass; 09-03-2014 at 09:40 AM.

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    Beautiful pieces! I love my Martini's one of the best transitional firearms of the era and a hoot to shoot

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    Very nice collectable weapons...BILL
    "As long as there are brave men and warriors the halls of Valhalla will never be silent or empty"

    In memory of my father William T. Grist December 26, 1920--September 10, 2009..
    901st. Ordnance H.A.M. North Africa, Italy, Southern France....ETO
    Also in memory of my mother Jane Kidd Grist Feb. 22, 1920-- September 27, 2009... WWll War bride May 1942...

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    Nice old pieces - looks like they were well loved.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    A friend of mine bought a wonderful old MH in Oman a few years back only to find it was a clever made Indian fake...grrr.

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    I have got a hold of them in the last 6 months. They were not loved at all, they were totally neglected and rusted (surface rust). I cleaned them and cleaned them, trying to remove that rust-till my fingers dropped from many days of work trying to remove those pits and rust. The rifle now has a mirror finish but still dark spots on it. I will do some more work on it, trying to get it to look even better.

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    Thank you Bill.

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    Is that one of the Smith and Wesson contract revolvers? I would love to find one around here.

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    It's a russian made revolver. Made in Tula.

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