Martini Metford Cavalry Carbine MkI
Martini Metford Cavalry Carbine MkI Martini Metford Cavalry Carbine MkI

Martini Metford Cavalry Carbine MkI

Weapon Specification
Calibre Calibre .303 Metford
Date of Approval Pattern sealed 2.5.1892 Upgrade to MkI* Pattern sealed 7.6.1893
Length Length 37.6” (95.5cm)
Weight Weight 8lb 4oz
Weapon Overview

 

Conversion from Martini Henry IC1 Cavalry carbine.

The Martini Metford  Cavalry Carbine MkI was a simple conversion of existing .450” IC1 Cavalry carbines, with a heavy profile .303” Metford Barrel, In total 11,150 were produced.  The MkI* is nearly identical to the MKI, except it has a winged ramped foresight and a shortened nose cap from the MH IC1 CC. There is no bayonet provision on this carbine, and the usual leather Cavalry Carbine sight protector is fitted. Most MkI carbines were converted at Sparkbrook into MK1* the Pattern was sealed on June 7th 1893  . In 1895, the  HRB Co manufactured 100 for the Indian Government.

Originally the breech block was a converted Martini Henry pattern with a dovetailed slot in the front,  later blocks were replaced by the purpose made .303”pattern.

The rear sight leaf is the shortened version sighted to 1,400 yards.

The ribbed end cleaning rod is 21” (52.5cm) long .

Manufactured/converted  by the Henry Rifled Barrel Company