Top: P1874 Mk1 3rd Pattern Martini Henry Rifle Bottom: P1877 Mk2 Martini Henry Rifle
Bayonets Top Left: P1853/74 17” socket bayonet Top Right: P1853 Yataghan sword bayonet (issued to NCO’s), Bottom: P1876 22” Socket bayonet “the Lunger”
The Third pattern Mk1 P1874 Martini Henry was to form the backbone of the British infantry small arms between 1874-80. During early trials, the bronze axis pin originally fitted was found to be unsuitable, so, a small split pin, made of spring steel was installed. The two-part trigger tumbler was also omitted and a re-designed single piece added. Significant changes were made to the extractor and a tougher version was installed.
By Aug 1877 an new updated Martini Henry was included into the military arsenal, designated as the Mk11 Martini Henry. The Mk11 had various alterations made,