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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:50 am 
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IMA's recent sale on "unmarked" Martini-Henry rifles from the Lagan Silekhana cache provides this interesting study in military history. The action is, as advertised, almost unmarked. Manufacturer's and date stampings are long gone, erased at some time in the history revealed by other markings elsewhere on the gun. It does show to be a MkI upgraded to a MkII - note the off-center numeral II.
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The buttstock also has a plugged hole for a sling swivel characteristic of the MkI, although the buttplate is smooth MkII style, bearing a Birmingham Small Arms view mark B. The barrel, by contrast, has the London Small Arms view mark X. The buttstock has three separate roundels.

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The forward one indicates Enfield, Mk II, class of arm I. The rear roundel shows the weapon was reworked at Allahabad Arsenal in 1894, downgraded to a Class 2 arm.

Markings N.S. and NEP below the rear sight confirm sale to a Native State: Nepal, in the shipment of 1894-95.
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Markings on the center roundel, which would show the source of an intermediate rework between the original manufacture and 1894, are completely obscured by Nepalese issue marks.These appear to be from the Shree Nath Battalion, subunit 6, number 122. The trigger guard, in addition to a Birmingham view mark, shows Nepalese markings which match one which Walter identifies as"Narsingdal Company", (a name which is not shown in his lists), subunit 5, No. 5.
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Quite a bit of information from an "unmarked" rifle. :lol:
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