Martini-Henry

Martini-Henry

[mahr-tee-nee-hen-ree]
noun
a breech-loaded .45 caliber rifle adopted in 1871 as the standard British service weapon, using a center-fire metallic cartridge filled with black powder.

Origin:
after Swiss inventor Friedrich von Martini (1833–97), who designed the breech mechanism, and B. T. Henry (see Henry), who designed the barrel

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