Conversion from Martin Henry MkIII Rifle
Production of the carbine was based upon the MKIII Martini
action from a MkIII rifle.
The bayonet fitting is the “rigby”pattern and is designed to accept the P1888 sword bayonet, the single part forend is fixed via a hook plate into the receiver.
A year after the introduction of the MkI, it was supeseded by the MkII
The block, firing pin, sleeve & extractor are all correct for the .303
Receiver markings are:
Matching serial numbers on the action & rear sight
and various military inspection marks,
I suspect it was used by the Royal Warwickshire Regiment Cadet Force
I have shot this several times reloaded ammunition, it
doesnt like Hot or Modern MkVII ammunition which causes hard extraction.
The bore gauges at .303 and the the last 3/4" at the muzzle gauges .304 - Basically hardly any wear
Very Good Condition Quite remarkable considering this rifle was originaly manufactured in 1880 which was 140 years ago