Last edited by bcbravo2zero; 07-01-2012 at 02:13 AM. Reason: Welsh to Wales
Martini Enfield mk 1 1873
A dear old gentleman gave me this rifle recently. Apparently it belonged to a English Captain who was stationed in South Africa. This rifle changed hands and was then given to a family member who gave it to my friend about 40 years ago.
The rifle is in very good condition and after obtaining some 577-450 Martini brass i reloaded it with 480gr lead bullets and black powder.
What a surprise!.
I was blown away by the accuracy of this rifle at 100 yard. 11/13 shots in 6 inches and the big slug hits like a ton of bricks. One can clearly hear it striking the boards. Shot about 4-5 inch high at 100 yard and dead centre. Amazing for a 140 yr. old rifle!
Anyway thought I want to share it with you as I wonder what stories it could have told if it was able to speak
I also wonder about the original Captain and who he was etc.
Amazing Awesome Collection......very tough way of fighting I would strongly assume......"don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes" type of fighting....not much distance between the enemy...and you.....
YOU got to like distance....in war...
Are the bolts on the "battle rifles" well worn to work fast..... a nice picture of some of the actions open / close would be nice...?? I wonder what the round count would be on the Boer War rifle (Boer Mauser 7 x 57)....??
Thanks for sharing your toys....!!
Last edited by The Road Surfer; 09-09-2013 at 07:43 PM.
Britton and African! Modern and primitive! What a comparison and how human.
May I suggest two movies (for a rainy day) Zulu and Zulu Dawn........Hollywood....but some good acting....Enjoy.
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Hi John, Lovely collection. I go to Rourkes drift everytime I go to RSA stay at Rattrays place when im there, a bit pricey but a lovely set up the eating area is like an old officers mess, absolutely stunning. OUt of curiosity, do you mind me asking where you go shopping for the curios whilst when in RSA, I usually hit up the war store whilst there but have had problems finding curios, in particular the knob curries. Need to get a few more and would love a short stabbing spear, regardless lovely collection.