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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for martini-henry

Historical Examples of 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.

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


    E. F. Knight

  • Every one had a Martini-Henry rifle and a belt of cartridges.


    E. F. Knight

  • The tribesmen held their ground and maintained a continual fire from Martini-Henry rifles.