Martini Henry Rifle .577 Mk IV I; 1887 date. Enfield made, with both British and Nepalese issue marks. Good condition. I would shoot this
The action is stamped with a crown, VR over Enfield 1887, over Mk IV I. There are additional proof and issue marks, plus WD exit and later Nepalese issue mark. There are further Nepalese issue marks on the wood of the right butt. The original British WD marking is on the brass butt plate (crown, and 89 date). This is repeated on the trigger guard.
The rifle is as issued, with sighted barrel fitted with ramp and ladder rear sights. There is a bayonet lug. It has both original sling swivels and cleaning rod. There is a crack in the butt where it joins the butt plate. Have a look at the photo to check this defect out. I have taken it to show the worst possible angle. In 'real life' it is barely noticeable, but is capable of growing. All blueing is in very good condition. The bore is clean and clear. price has been adjusted down due to the crack in the butt, which is about 3 inches long and abuts the butt plate near the bottom.
As with the Enfield Snider and Nepalese brunswick that I also have for sale here, this rifle came from the well-known, well-respected, and much-missed Michael Long of Nottingham. He bore checked it for me prior to purchase as a potential ‘shooter’. However the butt crack (!) would need attention before long if that was the reason for purchase, and of course it would have to be then ‘on-ticket’.
My preference is for buyer to visually inspect at a mutually agreeable location - and pay on the spot if satisfied. Although based in Yorkshire, I often travel south on the A1, M1 and the M6 so could meet up on or near any of these 3. I occasionally travel on the M72 to Glasgow.