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Boer War, South African Republic (ZAR) Captured, Westley Richards & Co, Martini Henry Action 577x 450 Calibre Rifle Dated 1898. Sn 6923.Listing # 1557567
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|Price per item:||Buy Now for £975.00|
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|Location:||Cheshire, United Kingdom|
|Started :||16-Jun-2014 5:11:47 AM|
|Ended:||1-Aug-2014 5:11:47 AM|
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Prior to the Boer War, The British gun makers Westley Richards & Co, sold a private contract shipment of their MK II Martini Action 577 x 450 Calibre Rifles to the Boer, South African Republic (ZAR or Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek). The stopping Power of the large Martini 577x 450 round, simplicity of the Martini Action and accuracy of the weapons 'Henry Rifling' were favoured by the Dutch farmers. During the Boer War the weapons were used by South African Republic (ZAR) and Orange free State (OVS) forces against the British Army in most of the Major Battles. This is an excellent original example of a Westley Richards MK II Short lever Rifle sold to the ZAR. It is almost certainly one of many captured by the British during the War. It has all original metalwork and wood furniture which has nice patina throughout with some service wear consistent with War use. On the right side of the stock it has small numbers '72' impressed into the wood. The right side of the breech housing is stamped correctly 'MADE SPECIALLY FOR ZAR'. The left side is crisply stamped ' WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO' with a triangle stamp.The top of the breech is stamped '24' and with a trangle containing the date '1898'. The top of the barrel is clearly stamped 'WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO' and 'HENRY RIFLING'. The loading and Firing action works perfectly and it has a nice clean bore with crisp rifling. It is complete with original bayonet lug, sling swivels. As is common with captured Boer war Rifles, it is without cleaning rod. Price for this rare historic piece includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique firearm no licence is required to possess this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 6923.
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