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Francotte Patent M1878 (Martini-Henry)

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Uploaded on Apr 29, 2011

In 1878 the Francotte patent Martini System was granted utilizing a detachable mechanism fitted without the Cocking Indicator. Revolutionary at the time by compartmentalizing the mechanism for quick disassembly, it only lasted 10 years as the latest technology. It was replaced in 1888 by the .303 cal Lee Metford bolt action Rifle's introduction into the British Military System. Although the British never embraced this European improvement, these "Improved System Rifles" saw much service on frontiers all over the World.

This particular rifle was found in military storage in the Old Palace of Lagan Silekhana in Katmandu, Nepal and was purchased from Atlanta Cultery for $178. It had probably been set in storage no later than 1912 when King George V visited Nepal and ordered that the Nepalese army be issued the latest bolt action M1907 Enfield rifles. In all likelyhood, it was put in storage years before that. There it sat in a rack or perhaps with thousands of others stacked like cord-wood until 2002 when, during a break in the civil war, the armory was opened and these weapons returned to the light of day.

This is the first time it's been to the range in a century.

I have a photoset of details at flickr.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kordite/...

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