by hopmanhenk
15 Jan 2018, 20:24
Forum: Snider-Enfield Forum
Topic: Safe?
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: Safe?

If you unscrew the screw in the breach plug maybe you find the pin and screw are there but stuck backwards.
but it is only there to hold the block when handling the rifle so it does not flop open all the time.
in firing the block does not open even without the pin thingy.
the cupped hammer also helps.
by hopmanhenk
10 Jan 2018, 14:02
Forum: Martini-Henry Forum
Topic: Martinis made by Providence Tool & Co.
Replies: 16
Views: 1.6K

Re: Martinis made by Providence Tool & Co.

by replying to a 13+ year old story you might be topscorer on the archive revival scale.. but the information you look for is here:


http://www.militaryrifles.com/turkey/Pe ... yStory.htm
by hopmanhenk
27 Dec 2017, 12:15
Forum: Martini-Henry Forum
Topic: Martini Henry MkII on a aution site: avoid or not?
Replies: 6
Views: 389

Re: Martini Henry MkII on a aution site: avoid or not?

Its a fake for sure. That one has been for sale on a dutch auction site for some time..marked as sold once in a while then available again. 
by hopmanhenk
20 Dec 2017, 10:31
Forum: Guns of the East India Company
Topic: EIC Bengal Irregular 2nd Cavalry Pistol and Question
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: EIC Bengal Irregular 2nd Cavalry Pistol and Question

these "irregular" marked weapons are indeed very interesting. maybe we should get some horses next springtown meet.. so we can reenact some very irregular cavalry. I ran into one that is incomplete and questionable parts wise.. but could not stop myself so "I have sinned" sellers pictures: (it is st...
by hopmanhenk
19 Dec 2017, 21:17
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: GR III Irish Light Dragoon Pistol- post Dublin Castle
Replies: 37
Views: 791

Re: GRIII LD type pistol

Isn't the thing in the red circle the storekeepers mark? 
by hopmanhenk
18 Dec 2017, 12:14
Forum: Snider-Enfield Forum
Topic: Snider Carbine unknown
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Snider Carbine unknown

the barrel is british commercial proofed and I think I see the snider patent arrow on the block which makes that part commercial too. the flap in the butplate could be  original as a lot of carbines had them, but I've also seen lee enfield butplates fitted on repro carbines. no idea what the lock is...
by hopmanhenk
07 Dec 2017, 08:30
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Crate of P53's - Help with markings?
Replies: 66
Views: 1.6K

Re: Crate of P53's - Help with markings?

TectorGSF wrote: I guess that depends on whether or not the Snider received a new hammer as a part of the conversion process or if its existing one was simply machined to the new specifications.
the inspection mark (crown x 15) is also from the London armory company
by hopmanhenk
06 Dec 2017, 20:39
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Crate of P53's - Help with markings?
Replies: 66
Views: 1.6K

Re: Crate of P53's - Help with markings?

Wow, thats it. So the bird/fleurdelis has something to do with LSA made parts.
by hopmanhenk
04 Dec 2017, 16:23
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: meet "Belle"
Replies: 22
Views: 1.1K

Re: meet

4500$ is a good deal, the predicted price was 8.500-14.000 (which is way to much)

the bullet molds were non originals or they would have gone for serious money too

there's another one for sale in England next weak (prediction 3-4K for the rifle and 800-1000GBP for the bayonet with faked scabbard)
by hopmanhenk
30 Nov 2017, 20:58
Forum: Long Lees, Ross Rifles, and Victorian Era Bolt Action Guns
Topic: Brain Teaser -- What's This?
Replies: 29
Views: 449

Re: Brain Teaser -- What's This?

Volley sight, side mount safety, dustshield and 1900yd sight.  Magazine lee metford mk1 (no star)
by hopmanhenk
29 Nov 2017, 21:42
Forum: Sporting Rifles and Other Old Guns
Topic: Peddie target sight - info please
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: Peddie target sight - info please

Nice sight, I'm guessing it is for a long lee enfield. The loose windage adjustable bar is something you see more often on target shooter long lees. Wrt the sight I dont think it came with a base but just swaps with the standard sight leaf.
by hopmanhenk
29 Nov 2017, 21:34
Forum: Cartridges and Reloading
Topic: .303 British Reloading Question
Replies: 14
Views: 373

Re: .303 British Reloading Question

Try to find a flat based bullet and try that.. my lee metford does not like boattails (keyholes them)
by hopmanhenk
07 Nov 2017, 21:48
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Crate of P53's - Help with markings?
Replies: 66
Views: 1.6K

Re: Crate of P53's - Help with markings?

Alexa, could it be that what looks like a bird/fleurdelis is actually the top center of a crown? Many locks are marked with an inspection mark in that position.

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by hopmanhenk
07 Nov 2017, 16:16
Forum: Martini-Henry Forum
Topic: Scrap Martini
Replies: 8
Views: 743

Re: Scrap Martini

The stylized M is the marking for martini patent on commercial rifles (prior to ??)
as for the damaged steel and nice wood I'm guessing salt and moist air (a nice seabreeze)
by hopmanhenk
20 Oct 2017, 20:34
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Beckwith Carbine
Replies: 7
Views: 194

Re: Beckwith Carbine

How great to have a rifle featured on a book cover.. the ding pattern proves it. 
Are these private purchase versions of the constabulary carbine/ land transport corpd carbine?
by hopmanhenk
20 Oct 2017, 14:20
Forum: Cartridges and Reloading
Topic: Shotshells for my Gehendra Smooth bore (Prototype)
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Shotshells for my Gehendra Smooth bore (Prototype)

If only I had seen this 2 weeks ago.. I could have used this in the zombie match last weekend
by hopmanhenk
19 Oct 2017, 19:32
Forum: Martini-Henry Forum
Topic: Which pattern Martini is your favorite.
Replies: 18
Views: 1.0K

Re: Which pattern Martini is your favorite.

Client research? Why? Is he going to reproduce martinis?
by hopmanhenk
18 Oct 2017, 19:59
Forum: Martini-Henry Forum
Topic: Question for our esteemed colleagues
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Question for our esteemed colleagues

if you order a mkiv martini henry the chances of getting a wallhanger are neglible.
by hopmanhenk
18 Oct 2017, 13:17
Forum: Historical Shooting, Competition, and Outings
Topic: Feasibilty study
Replies: 19
Views: 361

Re: Feasibilty study

my favorite part of the shoot: Michael, Charlie, Victor, Larry, Martyn, Neill, Rex, Vern, Ike, Marcus, Jeff, John, Paul, Don, James, Chris, Lor and everybody else I forgot to mention. shooting and shopping are the excuse to meet them.
by hopmanhenk
17 Oct 2017, 11:54
Forum: Vendors Alley
Topic: reproduction fultons military handkerchief (martini henry version)
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: reproduction fultons military handkerchief (martini henry version)

some background information: I started with this project when I ran into some inkjet printing guys that said they could print any design on any fabric. well after some tests I ended up with wrong colored prints on some wrong feeling material. Printing on thin cotton without color bleeding is difficu...