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Article about: Not often I venture into this part of the forum, but now I have! I own a Martini Henry Short Lever that I got from a family member. No idea where he got it from, and he doesn't remember eith

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    Not often I venture into this part of the forum, but now I have! I own a Martini Henry Short Lever that I got from a family member. No idea where he got it from, and he doesn't remember either. I have tried opening the lever but it does not stay open, and the breech does not drop much more than half an inch or so, giving only a view of the top of where a cartridge would be loaded. Wondering if any of you know the problem and how I may fix it? Thanks in advance!

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    It may need a strip and good clean. Don’t worry that it snaps shut, it won’t stay open until it’s been fully opened and re-cocked the striker.

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    I would love to see some pic's of it if possible.
    I always found these interesting.
    So what caliber is it?

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    Can't get any pictures right now.. At school. Can tell you there's some rust (Not sure how deep. Looks like surface rust.. I don't think there's much pitting). Not sure what caliber it is, either. None of my family knew nor did the seller. I got very little to work with unfortunately.

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    Martini Henry rifles are usually chambered in .577/450. It’s considered an ‘obsolete caliber’ in the UK, meaning they can be owned in live-firing condition. It’s not a round you’re likely to find in significant quantities. Cartridges are collectible in their own right.

    Some rifles were rechambered, into .303 if I recall correctly.

    Regards, B.B.
    ''Everyday you think of living. We are born to die, but I appreciate life. We live day by day, and I always say: yesterday is history, today's reality, and tomorrow's a dream.' -- Henry Flescher, Holocaust Survivor -- March 14, 1924 - August 29, 2018

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    I've seen a few .303 Brit from Nepal hit the market 8-10 years ago.

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    There are no Martini Henry's in .303 calibre... although many Martini Henry's were converted to .303 and re-named the Martini Enfield.

    Cheers,
    Steve
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.... 'A Salford Pal: Pte Thomas Jay.'

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    I have a Martini Enfield Carbine which I love. It’s ex Royal Fleet Auxiliary from the days when they were obviously armed on board so likely WW1.

    My dad has a Greener Police shotgun based on an old Martini action but the original markings have been scrubbed.

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