London Small Arms-Enfield Converted Martini-Enfield Mark II .303 Brit Rifle
SOLD FOR: $4575.25
Make: Originally made by London Small Arms Co., converted by the Royal Small Arms Factory (RSAF) Enfield
Model: Martini-Enfield Rifle Mark II, converted from Martini-Henry Mark II. Victorian State Government issued.
Serial Number: None.
Year of Manufacture: 1887, converted 1900
Caliber: .303 British
Action Type: Single shot, Drop Block, Lever Actuated
Barrel Length: Approximately 30 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade integral to a base fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “U” notched folding ladder-style sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth walnut with a handguard behind the rear sight, nosecap, two barrel bands, straight grip, straight comb, smooth steel buttplate, and sling swivels front and rear. The forend has a slot for a clearing rod, but none is present. The right of the buttstock has a marking disc, cartouches and some other markings. The stocks have scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches with a few more notable dings. There is some cracking in the handguard. The LOP measures 14 1/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has mostly gone to a light patina with some wear and spots of surface erosion. Overall, the stocks are in Fine condition as Antique
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished, likely arsenal refurbished.
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is infrequent minor erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 87% of its metal finish. The finish is generally strong with thinning at edges and handling wear on the lever. There are some scattered nicks and scratches, some under and some through the finish. There is a patch on the left of the receiver which shows grinding and cold blue touch-up with “1883 1896” stamped in the ground area. The top of the receiver has some grinding in front of the loading port and scrapes behind. The action shows operational wear. There are tool marks around most screw heads. The screw heads show use with serviceable slots. The newer markings are clear, the original LSACo markings are worn, but legible. Overall, this rifle rates in Very Good-Fine condition as converted and Antique.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This beautiful Martini Enfield Rifle MK I was originally made as a Martini-Henry Mark II by the London Small Arms Co. back in 1887, it was converted to its current configuration by the Royal Small Arms Factory (RSAF) Enfield, which conversion consisted primarily of getting rid of its Henry rifled .455 caliber barrel and replacing it with a .303 Enfield rifled barrel. It has tons of markings on the metal and wood which are in great shape; the rifle was issued to the government of the State of Victoria in Australia. Having made it from London to Australia and now to the United States over the last 123 years, it is in quite good condition. This is one of the last Martini pattern rifles to serve the British Empire and will add nicely to a British arms collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
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