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Martini-Henry

[mahr-tee-nee-hen-ree] /mɑrˈti niˈhɛn ri/
noun
1.
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 of Martini-Henry
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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  • In one case a Martini-Henry was found impacted between the femoral condyles, having slipped in beneath the margin of the patella.

  • One of them picked up my Martini-Henry, and the others urged him to fire it off.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • The wounds were large, and although the impact had been oblique, they were possibly produced by a Martini-Henry or Guedes bullet.

  • There are 6000 fighting men, all armed with Martini-Henry rifles, stolen from the Turks.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • The enemy, who were largely armed with Martini-Henry rifles, crept up to within 100 yards of the trenches.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • Every one had a Martini-Henry rifle and a belt of cartridges.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • But there must have been several hundreds, and a very large portion were armed with Snider and Martini-Henry rifles.

    The Relief of Chitral George John Younghusband
  • The tribesmen held their ground and maintained a continual fire from Martini-Henry rifles.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • The enemy were armed with Martini-Henry and Snider rifles and could fire from long ranges into the fort.

    The Relief of Chitral George John Younghusband
  • The wazir departed in the morning with a Martini-Henry rifle which my husband sent to the sultan.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent

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