martini henry


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.

after Swiss inventor Friedrich von Martini (1833–97), who designed the breech mechanism, and B. T. Henry (see Henry), who designed the barrel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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