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 Post subject: Martini marking
PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:26 am 
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Hello,

Spotted this and wondered if anyone here could make sense of the marking?


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 Post subject: Re: Martini marking
PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:25 am 
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Markings on the rear action body of a Nepalese Francotte pattern Martini, showing the subunit and weapon numbers:
[Company] 3
12 (the last digit is actually a best guess).

Sometimes the markings are more complete, showing unit of issue:
Ramdal Battalion, [Company] 3
No 22
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 Post subject: Re: Martini marking
PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:28 pm 
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Brilliant Berk!!

Many thanks indeed! I've bought the rifle, so will inspect it for markings and take some more pictures when it arrives! Needs a bit of TLC, and the last thing I need is another project but hey!

Bought a kukri from the same source sight unseen, so who knows, they may be partners!


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 Post subject: Re: Martini marking
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:32 am 
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mrcjgscott wrote:
Needs a bit of TLC, and the last thing I need is another project

That's what I thought when I acquired my Francotte, covered in a century of grime and frozen up. But I started playing at cleaning it to see what would happen.
Now it has been joined by a Gahendra, a Martini-Henry MkII, two P-1853s, a Snider 2-band short rifle and an 1841 Brunswick officer's musket, plus a Brown Bess lock with Nepalese markings. And a new subforum for IKRHS. Good thing the guns aren't addicting like kukris. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Martini marking
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:44 pm 
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Hey Berk,

Thats quite a list! Obviously just as dangerous as the kukri disease! I am not quite as developed as you, I just have a Baker and a Bess, and a MH 1873 MkI conversion to MkII. This Francote was cheap by IMA standards though, so will be fun to have a play around with!


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 Post subject: Re: Martini marking
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:34 pm 
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mrcjgscott wrote:
I just have a Baker and a Bess, and a MH 1873 MkI conversion to MkII.

We'd love to see some pictures! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Martini marking
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:31 pm 
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Hi Berk,

The Baker is currently at the doctors for a check up, but will take some shots of that when I get it back next month. I'll take some pictures of the Bess and Martini next time I have the camera out!


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 Post subject: Re: Martini marking
PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:58 pm 
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This finally showed up, here are a few quick shots...


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 Post subject: Re: Martini marking
PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:20 am 
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Yours looks to be in better condition than many of these - including mine :oops: . They appear to have the same marking, although in different "handwriting", as is typical for the markings on these hand built weapons.
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I hope Beoram or one of our Nepali experts can shed some light on the translation.

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