The Vickers Armstrong industrial giant stemmed from the foundation, in
1828, of the Sheffield steel and bronze foundry which later became Naylor,
Vickers & Co.
The company's move into armaments came in 1897 with the acquisition of the Barrow ( in Furness) Shipbuilding company and its arms manufacturing subsidiary, the Maxim Nordenfelt concern of which Thomas had become chairman, and which company was itself a marriage of Hiram Maxim's firm, developed on his machine gun designs, and the Nordenfelt business, which produced the famous multi-barrel (four) quick-firing small-calibre cannon. The outcome of the merger was the Vickers, Sons and Maxim company.
They are, in small-arms terms, probably most well known for the notorious
and effective - "Grand Old Lady of No Man's Land" - the Vickers
machine gun. Collectors of more readily publicly available Vickers' production
items will also know them for their versions of the No.1 bayonet for the
S.M.L.E. (Short Magazine Lee-Enfield rifle)
The Vickers Armstrong empire was effectively broken up, between the 1960s and 1990s, into parts respectively forming into sections of, amongst other things, the nationalised British Steel Industry, the British Aircraft Corporation (latterly BAE), and Marconi - by then part of General Electric.
Vickers' small-bore Martini rifles proved, over their comparatively short production span between the early 1920s and the Second Warld War, to be highly competitive. They developed a deserved reputation for accuracy, still displayed by many of the surviving examples.
Good Sound Condition Including
Made at the Vickers Factory when it was still
in Westminster London
These Vintage Target Rifles are nearly 100 Years Old and still capable of Very Good Accuracy