The Martini Henry rifle has been a favourite weapon of mine for many years. I once got the chance to fire one when I was about 12 years old, and after that experience, I always said that I would get myself one. It has taken a long time, but I have finally done it.
Yesterday I took delivery of a Martini Henry Mk11. This particular example only has British WD stamps on it, so I assume it has never seen foreign service. It is an L.S.A & Co crown VR 1888 model, but the barrel is marked B.S.A & Co. I must confess I know little about the manufacturing history of these weapons, so perhaps someone could enlighten me. Is it common to get a BSA barrel on a London Small Arms receiver, or is it just a replacement barrel? All parts are WD stamped though. The bore is nice and sharp, and lock-up is crisp and tight. All in all - a very nice example of its type.