Martini-Henry Rifle Series

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Martini-Henry Mk. I (1871-1876) - .577-.450 caliber
Martini-Henry Mk. II (1877-1881) - .577-.450 caliber
Martini-Henry Mk. III (1881-1888) - .577-.450 caliber
Martini-Henry Mk. IV (1888-1889) - .577-.450 caliber
Martini-Henry Carbine 1881 - .577-.450 caliber
Martini-Henry "Sporter" modified by the famous London gunsmith J. Rigby - .577-.450 caliber
"Arabized" Martini Henry with belt and foil cartridges - .577-.450 caliber

The Martini-Henry is a lever-action breech loading rifle developed as a quick loading cartridge rifle for use with the British Army. The weapon saw extensive service in the Zulu conflict and remained in use until it was phased out by bolt action Enfield repeating rifles and Maxim machine guns. It uses a unique bullet, a cartridge built using a .577 brass casing pinched down onto a .45 caliber .450 bullet to fit the chamber. The head spacing in the chamber must have been pretty poor to fit a round with several crimps in the case, but it proved reliable and effective for the time it served.


The Martini-Henry Rifle Series and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Heroes of Shipka (Geroite na Shipka) Turkish soldiers Peabody-Martini 1955
Zulu Michael Caine Lt. Gonville Bromhead 1964
British soldiers
Zulu warriors Carbine version
Khartoum British and Egyptian soldiers and the Mahdists 1966
The Naked Prey Cornel Wilde The Man 1966
Young Winston Simon Ward Winston Churchill 1972
Sikh soldiers
R.A.S. Jean-François Balmer Raymond Dax "Arabized" version, confiscated in Algerian village. 1974
Jaws Robert Shaw Quint W.W. Greener Harpoon gun, based on the Martini-Henry action 1975
The Wind and the Lion Brian Keith President Teddy Roosevelt Sporter version 1975
The Man Who Would be King Sean Connery Danny Dravot 1975
Michael Caine Peachy Carnehan
Native soldiers
The Thirty Nine Steps police carbine 1978
police Artillery carbine
Robert Powell Hannay Artillery carbine
Slavers Ron Ely Steve Hamilton Mk. II 1978
Ray Milland Hassan "Arabized" version, Mk. II
Various characters "Arabized" version, Mk. II
Zulu Dawn Bob Hoskins CSM Williams 1979
Paul Copley Corporal Storey
British soldiers Rifle and carbine versions
Gandhi South African guards 1982
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom The Thuggees 1984
The Art of Living in Odessa (Iskusstvo zhit v Odesse) Sergey Migitsko Monya Artillerist Martini-Henry action pistol 1989
Shadow of the Wolf Lou Diamond Phillips Agaguk 1992
Jennifer Tilly Igiyook
Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon Daphne Zuniga Minha 1993
Adam Baldwin Roja
The Jungle Book Native soldiers 1994
Waterworld Kevin Costner The Mariner Mocked as a grappling hook rifle 1995
The Ghost and the Darkness Brian McCardie Angus Starling 1996
Various characters
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter . Mexican soldiers Carbine 2000
The Lost World Tom Ward John Roxton Rifles with short fore-ends 2001
Tamati Rice Achille (briefly)
The Four Feathers Heath Ledger Harry Faversham 2002
Wes Bentley Jack Durrance
British soldiers
Ned Kelly Police 2003
The Turkish Gambit (Turetskiy gambit) Turkish soldiers 2005
The Wolfman Michael Cronin Dr. Lloyd Mk. III Sporterized 2010
Benicio del Toro Lawrence Tablot Mk. III Sporterized
Anthony Hopkins John Talbot Mk. III Sporterized
Policemen Mk. IV
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows Paul Anderson Sebastian Moran Heavily customized Sporter 2011
The Lost City of Z Charlie Hunnam Col. Percy Fawcett Mk. III Artillery Carbine 2017
Robert Pattinson Henry Costin Mk. III
Tom Holland Jack Fawcett Trade Pattern Martini-Enfield
Bolivian soldiers Mk. III


Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Ripper Street Various Armed robbers Martini-Enfield Artillery Carbine / "The Weight of One Man's Heart" (S01E05) 2013

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Assassin's Creed Unity "Silver-Plated Musket" anachronistic for French Revolution 2014
Battlefield 1 "Martini-Henry" 2016


Film/TV Show Character Note Date
The Empire of Corpses British soldiers 2015
Princess Principal Princess Charlotte Ep. 04; Khyber Pass Martini Henry Single Shot Pistol 2017

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