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    Martini Henry MkII smoothbore.

    Picked up a MkII that has been smoothbored, have never seen one before. Has a small fixed rear sight. Weapon is in very good condition, almost all markings have been worn off however. I imagine it was probably used by an Indian police unit or something along those lines. Was the small rear sight only used on smoothbores? Again, have never seen one like it. Are these desirable as collectors at all?


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    Is it smooth or a worn Metford barrel?

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    Definitely smoothbored. Sports the simplified rear sight, and has the curious checkered triangle at the base of the receiver, next to the thumbrest.

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    I'd post pictures of it, there seems to be an awful lot of fake MH floating around these days.

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    Pics of MH smoothbore finally..
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    need to see the markings to help at all

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    All markings appear to have been deliberately scrubbed, as the Indians were wont to do. There is a very faint remnant of 'Enfield' on the receiver. There are also faint remnants of firing proofs on the barrel, along with the 'WD' marks. On the knoxform there appears to be the arrow and 'ISA' Ishapore mark. This is somewhat faint also. Could not get a clear pic. Will try again with my friends decidedly superior camera. There is also the remnant of a roundel on the buttstock, also very worn and unreadable. I have no doubt that this is an authentic MH, I was just wondering about the collectability of the smoothbores. This one is for sale BTW. Thanks!

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    This is one poor old girl, Indian or otherwise, that needs some TLC.

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    Yep. Should have seen it when I got it!

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    Not fake just a typical smooth-bore. A guard gun. Seems to be a small interest in collecting these things. So far have seen reports of the in MK II , MK II and MK IV and carbines, all smoothbore.

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