Collectible Firearms and Edged Weapons

Kristopher J. Gasior

P.O. Box 8327 Fredericksburg, VA 22404-8327 USA

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Martini Rifles

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Model, Price, Number & Pictures

Description & Condition

W.W. Greener Martini .22 Sporting Carbine

Caliber: . 22 L

Price: $1175

Inventory # arc_0692

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DESCRIPTION: Scarce Martini lever action single shot sporting carbine. The rifle was converted to .22 L by W.W. Greener in Birmingham, as indicated by markings on the left side of the receiver, "Converted for the N.R.A. by W.W. Greener", and on the barrel, "W.W. Greener Maker, Birmingham". The chamber displays following markings, "Ammunition .22" and "22 L". Both, the receiver and barrel displays British commercial proof marks. Fading, original military markings are still partially visible on the left side of the receiver. The rifle features fixed front sights and military-style, adjustable, ramp and leaf rear sight. Large frame Martini action with a cocking indicator. Steel buttplate. Three sling swivels. Blue finish on all metal parts. Original military stocks. The rifle was manufactured without a safety. The chamber displays a serial number. The cleaning rod is missing (most likely, removed during the conversion to .22). CONDITION: Fine. 82% of blue finish remaining on metal. The balance is in white mixed with light patina. The metal was refinished during the conversion, as indicated by fading markings. Some roughness under the blue on the receiver. The stocks show some handling marks and light dings. Some wear to the right side of the forestock near the chamber (please, see pictures). No cracks in wood. The upper part of the the buttstock shows two small holes from the target sights that were installed on the carbine at one time. The bore is in fine condition with strong rifling. Mechanically the carbine is in fine condition as well. Strong action. All the internal parts of the carbine are in fine condition, with no visible wear. Overall length: 38 inch. Barrel length: 21.25 inch. No import stamps. Scarce Martini .22 sporting carbine rifle! Antique.

Very Scarce Romanian Issue M.1879 Martini-Peabody Rifle

Caliber: .45, rimmed (11.43mm x 49R).

Price: $2500

Inventory # arc_0631

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Romanian military issue Martini-Peabody M.1879 rifle in its original, .45 caliber. This was the first rifle adopted by Romanian army after the country declared independence in 1878. The rifle was manufactured by the Oesterreichische Waffenfabriks - Gesellschaft Steyr in Austro-Hungary in 1882, as indicated by a beautiful cartouche stamped on the left side of the receiver block. The rifle is practically identical with the Turkish M.1874, except for the markings. The right side of the receiver displays a Romanian Royal Crown over the cartouche with wording: "ARMATA ROMANA, ARMA, Md. 1879". The rifle shows Romanian military issue markings stamped on the right side of the receiver and barrel, "Crossed Lances", "Royal Crown", "Arrow" and "Romanian Phoenix Rising from Ashes". The serial number is stamped on the right side of the buttstock, receiver, rear sights and barrel (matching). The left side of the receiver and buttstock displays the maker's cartouche, "OEWG Steyr 1882"(fading cartouche on the buttstock, please, see pictures). The markings on the receiver are very crisp. The assembly markings are present on all the metal parts. Short lever action. Correct military style ramp and leaf rear sights. Front barrel band with saber type bayonet lug. Complete with a cleaning rod. Overall length: 50 inch. Barrel length: 33 inch. CONDITION: Low fine. Metal is mainly in white, with some blue finish preserved in protected areas. Some cleaning marks are visible on metal. Occasional scattered brown/gray patina. The buttplate is covered with brown patina. All the markings on metal are clearly visible. The stocks are in fine condition with some handling marks and light scratches. Wood was refurbished long time ago, but the serial number and cartouche are still partially visible. The trigger guard sling swivel is missing. The lower part of the buttstock had, at one time, an extra sling swivel. The latter was removed and the opening in wood was camouflaged with some wood filling material (please, see pictures). The bore is in very good/low fine condition with strong rifling. The action works fine. The front barrel band screw is missing. One of the receiver screws is also missing. The cleaning rod shows some roughness and rust. Careful cleaning would greatly increase an appeal of this rifle! Scarce Romanian issue M.1879 Martini-Peabody rifle! Serial# R.77XX.

Very Scarce Romanian Issue M.1879 Martini-Peabody Cavalry Carbine

Caliber: .45, rimmed (11.43mm x 49R).

Price: $2975

Inventory # arc_0630

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Romanian military issue Martini-Peabody M.1879 cavalry carbine in its original, .45 caliber. This was the first carbine adopted by Romanian army after the country declared independence in 1878. The carbine was manufactured by the Waffen- und Guss-stahl Fabrik, Witten an der Ruhr in Germany in 1882, as indicated by a beautiful cartouche stamped on the left side of the receiver block. The markings on the receiver are very crisp. The carbine is very similar to the Martini-Henry cavalry carbine, except for the markings and location of sling swivels. The carbine shows Romanian military issue markings stamped on the right side of the receiver and barrel, "Crossed Lances over 2P" and "Crossed Lances over P". The carbine does not seem to have a serial number. Several steel parts of the carbine display assembly numbers (?), "C8", "C34", "C1", "C3", etc. The stocks do not display any markings. Short lever action. Correct military style ramp and leaf rear sights calibrated from 100 to 1000 meters (?). The carbine was manufactured without the bayonet lug (correct for cavalry issue). Two barrel bands configuration. Massive steel nosecap (similar to the one used in the Martini-Henry cavalry carbine). Two sling swivels. The front sling swivel is located on the right side of the rear barrel band. The rear sling swivel is located on the upper/rear part of the buttstock, just in front of the buttplate tang. This sling swivel seems to be of unique design with two steel plates and and a pin securing it to the buttstock (please, see pictures). Complete with an original cleaning rod (the tip of the rod fits nicely into the steel nosecap). Overall length: 40 inch. Barrel length: 23.25 inch. CONDITION: Very good+ to low fine. The carbine is in "as found", uncleaned condition. Metal is mainly in white, with some blue finish preserved in protected areas. Occasional scattered brown/gray patina. Some light pitting on the barrel, along the stock lines. All the markings on metal are clearly visible. The buttstock is in fine condition with some handling marks and light scratches. The forestock shows some wood filling material camouflaging some dings and some hairline cracks. The bore is in fine condition with strong rifling. The action works fine. Careful cleaning would greatly increase an appeal of this carbine! The forestock should be professionally redone. This is the only example of the Romanian issue Martini-Peabody cavalry carbine I have ever seen! Very few of these carbines were manufactured for the Romanian cavalry!

Swiss Martini Schutzen Rifle by J. Gysi in Interlaken

Caliber: 10.4 x 38 mm, rimfire (Swiss .41)

Price: $1975

Inventory # arc_0537

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DESCRIPTION: Very nice Swiss Martini Schutzen rifle! The rifle features an extra long and heavy half-round, half-octagonal barrel. It was manufactured specifically for Swiss-style long range target shooting. The rifle displays the maker's markings on the left side of the receiver, "Joh. Gysi Interlaken". Several Swiss markings, numbers and proofs are stamped on various metal parts of the rifle. The stocks do not show any markings. Set trigger mechanism. Swiss style butt plate. Swiss target style rear sights. Target style front sight. Two sling swivels. All steel furniture. There is a bayonet lug on the right side of the nosecap. Complete with an original cleaning rod. CONDITION: Fine. The barrel has 98% of crisp blue finish. Fading case coloring on the receiver with some scattered patina and peppering. The blue on the buttplate, nosecap, rear sight, sling swivels and lever is turning to brownish color. Nice stocks with some handling marks and light scratches. There are no cracks in wood. The finish on the stocks is original. Excellent bore with sharp and shiny rifling. Action is very crisp and fully functional. The set trigger mechanism works very well. All the internal parts of the rifle are in fine condition, with no visible wear. All the markings on metal are clearly visible. Very high quality of machining and metal finish. Overall length: 49 inches. Barrel length: 32.25 inches. Scarce and very attractive Swiss Martini Schutzen rifle! (Oversize shipping and insurance rate is $40 for this item only).

Very Scarce Romanian Issue M.1879 Martini-Peabody Rifle with Bayonet

Caliber: .45, rimmed (11.43mm x 49R).

Price: $1800

Inventory # arc_0348

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DESCRIPTION: Very scarce Romanian military issue Martini-Peabody M.1879 rifle in its original, .45 caliber. This was the first rifle adopted by Romanian army after the country declared independence in 1878. The rifle was manufactured by the Waffen- und Guss-stahl Fabrik, Witten an der Ruhr in Germany in 1879, as indicated by a beautiful cartouche stamped on the left side of the receiver block. The rifle is practically identical with the Turkish M.1874, except for the markings. The right side of the receiver displays a Romanian Royal Crown over the cartouche with wording: "ARMATA ROMANA, ARMA, Md. 1879". The rifle shows Romanian military issue markings stamped on the right side of the receiver and barrel, "Crossed Lances", "Royal Crown", "Arrow" and "Romanian Phoenix Rising from Ashes". The serial number is stamped on the right side of the buttstock, receiver and barrel (matching). The left side of the receiver and buttstock displays a crown over the maker's cartouche, "WITTEN 1879"(fading cartouche on the buttstock, please, see pictures). The markings on the receiver are very crisp. German assembly markings are present on all the metal parts. The buttstock is "decorated" with brass pins. Short lever action. Correct military style ramp and leaf rear sights. Front barrel band with saber type bayonet lug. The cleaning rod is missing. Complete with original socket bayonet with quadrangular blade. Overall length: 50 inch. Barrel length: 33 inch. CONDITION: Good. The rifle was unprofessionally restored. The metal parts show, what seems to be, a worn cold blue applied over the surface that was not properly polished. Some light pitting and metal roughness under the reblue (mostly on the barrel). There are some filing marks on the barrel, near the muzzle. Stocks are in overall fair condition. A large piece of the forestock was replaced. The buttstock shows a couple of repaired cracks. Some filling material was used on the buttstock, near the receiver. A layer of varnish was added to the stocks' finish. All the markings on metal are clearly visible. Fading , partially recognizable markings on the stocks. The bore is dark, but the rifling is still strong. Very crisp action. This scarce rifle is begging for a professional restoration! Serial# F.31XX.

Nepalese Westley Richards "Gahendra Martini" Rifle

Caliber: .450, rimmed

Price: $1175

Inventory # arc_0253

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DESCRIPTION: Nepalese issue Westley Richards Martini rifle. The rifle is based on 1869 Westley Richards patented design. It was manufactured locally in Nepal under the direction of general Gahendra Rana in the 1880-s, and consequently it is often called, "Gahendra Martini". The rifle was issued to elite Ghurka regiments, and was considered superior to Martini design. The major advantage of the rifle was a feature allowing its entire action to be removed as one unit for ease of servicing. Production however caused logistic problems and by 1894 the Ghurkas were short of modern rifles. Finally the British came to the rescue with a delivery of several thousand Martini short lever rifles in late 1894 and even more long lever Martini rifles in 1908. Consequently, Nepalese Westley Richards rifles were withdrawn from service and stored for many decades in the government warehouse. Information about this rifle is still insufficient, but the most common opinion is that only few hundred of guns of this pattern were manufactured for the Government of Nepal (every rifle I have examined in the past had a three digit serial number in Nepalese characters). Nepalese language characters are present on the receiver, lever and rear sights (please, see pictures). CONDITION: Low fine with about 82% of thinning blue still present on metal. The blue is turning to brownish color. Most of the wear is on the barrel bands, lever and in couple of spots on the receiver. The buttplate is covered with uniform brown patina. Solid stocks with some handling marks, dings and light scratches. No cracks of any kind to the stocks. The stocks show crude tool marks, that are characteristic to Nepalese manufactured rifles. The bore is in fine+ condition with strong rifling. Action works fine. All the internal parts of the rifle are in fine condition, with no visible wear. All the markings on metal are clearly visible. Complete with original cleaning rod. Overall length: 49.5 inch. Scarce rifle in very collectible condition!

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Collectible Firearms and Edged Weapons

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