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~ Rare Boer War 1898 Dated ZAR Martini-Henri Rifle by W Richards ~
This is a rare Boer War, Westley Richards made Martini Henry Rifle, dated 1898 and chambered in .577/450 Cal. These types of rifles were used in numerous battles against the British during Second Boer war, 1899 to 1902.
The initials ZAR stand for 'The South African Republic' (in Dutch: Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek). The Boer's
The ZAR rifles were specially made for the Boers during premiership of Paul Kruger who defeated British forces in the First Boer War. The country remained independent until the end of the Second Boer War on 31 May 1902, when it was forced to surrender to the British. The territory of the South African Republic became known after this war as the Transvaal Colony.
The rifle is using the Martini action but had an improved Francotte patent breech mechanism with an integral cocking indicator. This design feature enabled the complete action to be removed by unscrewing the large screw at the bottom front edge of the receiver.
This feature is unique to the ZAR Martini's.
The detachable lock with cocking indicator is marked ‘MADE SPECIALLY FOR Z.A.R.’ whilst the opposite side is stamped with the ‘triangle over Westley Richards & co’.
The top of the barrel is marked ‘1898 within Triangle’ over Knox-form section, before the rear sight 'Westley Richards & co’ and after the sight 'Henry Rifling'.
The barrel is fitted with black fore-sight and bayonet bar for both sword and socket bayonets like a standard Mk.II Marini configuration.
Two holes have been drilled in the stock to accommodate an extra sling attachment.
The rifle is serial numbered '30572'
~ Dimensions ~
The barrel is 32 ½ inches (82.5 cm) and the overall length of the piece is 50 inches (127 cm).
It weighs 4 kg.
~ Condition ~
The martini is in excellent condition with minimal signs of use.
The metal blue is preserved throughout and the mechanics work as intended.
The rifling is excellent.
There are usage marks on the stock, as expected for it's age.
The ramrod is missing but plenty can be still found around.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £24 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth.
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