Martini-Henry Rifle, 1871


The Martini-Henry was a single shot breech loading rifle adopted by the British army in 1871. It combined Von Martini's loading mechanism with Henry's rifling. It used a similar cartridge to that used with the Snider, but at a slightly reduced caliber. Hence the rather strange caliber designation of .577/.450in. This rifle could be fitted with a bayonet.



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