- 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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Examples from the Web for martini-henry
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 Khedivial soldiers had 120 rounds of Martini-Henry cartridges.Khartoum Campaign, 1898
There are 6000 fighting men, all armed with Martini-Henry rifles, stolen from the Turks.
Every one had a Martini-Henry rifle and a belt of cartridges.
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