Above: Martini-Henry Mk III, short lever.
Below: Martini-Henry Mk IV, long lever.
(I am indebted to Ken Hallock for the yellow background photos)
Left: A Mk III, last of the short lever Martinis.
Right: A Mk IV. Note the difference in shape of the rear of the receiver.
The business end of a Mk III
(Photo courtesy Jean Plamondon, Military Guns Photo Gallery)
The markings in the buttstock 'III' over '1'. The first marking refers to
the Mark of the weapon. The second marking refer to the class, and
is sometimes amended in use. ie a Class one weapon ('I') might be
downgraded to a second class ('II').
Proof markings from the left receiver and barrel of a Mk IV; however
these markings changed very little from the Mk Is to the Mk IVs.
Above: Mk IV cartouch is faint, but foreign service marks are readily apparent.
Large numbers of Mark IVs were issued to Indian Army units and carry
Indian markings on the right buttstock. This rifle's excellent buttstock
markings clearly demonstrates such farflung assignments! Note also
this rifle's honorable discharge from the service ... the mark which looks
like an X or an astrick above the 12 over F. This is the British "opposing
broad arrows" denoting that the rifle was released as surplus from military
stores and made available for civilian sale or distribution.
Below: Lively markings on the earlier Mk I-II
rifle's buttstock that also
show that this rifle started life as a Mk I.
N E P. = Nepal N S = Native Service (info per Warren Wheatfield)
Hence, Nepalese Native Service issued rifles. I am not sure whether these rifles
would have pre or post dated the indiginous Nepalese Peabody-Wesseleys.
(One thing is certain, these Martini-Henrys had a
LOT of history!!)
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