RiflesLever ActionAn Ottoman Empire Peabody Martini-Henry Rifle
~ An Ottoman Empire Peabody Martini-Henry Rifle ~
Unable to purchase Martini–Henry rifles from the British because their entire production was going to rearming British troops, Ottoman Turkey purchased weapons identical to the Mark I from the Providence Tool Company in Providence, Rhode Island, United States (the manufacturers of the somewhat similar Peabody rifle), and used them effectively against the Russians in the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878).
This is an excellent example of a Turkish piece marked with the Ottoman proofs on both sides of the lockplate.
This Martini is similar with the British field modified MK I into MK II, with the modernized bayonet fitting and the rear sight mounted lower down the barrel.
The muzzle ring is adapted for the usage of the sword bayonet, but a socket bayonet can also be used on this particular model.
The loading lever is the early short type (MK I).
~ Dimensions ~
The barrel is 82.5 cm (32.48 inches )and the overall length of the rifle is 125 cm (49.21 inches).
It weighs 3.8 kg.
~ Condition ~
The Rifle is in good condition, preserving most of its blue.
The bore is clean and the rifling fine.
The wooden stock has a missing splinter towards the chamber end (please see the pictures).
The rifle cocks and fires with ease.
~ Postage ~
Postage costs £18 or the piece can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
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