Army & Navy Co-Op Society Martini Sporting Rifle
.35 Winchester Falling Block, MFD 1891 Antique
lock-stock-and-barrel A+(1111)
Used Condition
FFL is not required
Current Bid
$905.00
Starting Bid
$0.01
No Reserve!
13 Bids Bid History
Time Left 15 min rule
Item has Ended
8/6/2017 8:12 PM
Item 670976478
Location Simi Valley, CA 93065
Shipping
Other$35.00
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No international shipments
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Checkout Yes, Immediate
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CA 7.25%   
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LSB#: 170307RC04

Make: Army & Navy Cooperative Society

Model: Martini Falling Block Sporting

Serial Number: 13603

Year of Manufacture: This rifle was likely made in 1891 for a British army Colonel in India, we do not have additional documentation to support this. The proof marks are correct for that period with a later 1904 Nitro Proof.

Caliber: This rifle was originally in .303 Brit, but was re-bored for .35 Winchester.

Action Type: Single Shot Lever Operated Falling Block Breach Loading Rifle

Markings: The top of the barrel's rib is marked "ARMY & NAVY CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMD LONDON", the left has two crossed scepter proofs and crown over "BP" which is the Birmingham proof, the right has "V" in circle. The underside of the barrel is marked "P / 2 / ** / 5 / 4 / E.H / Y". The underside of the receiver has the serial number, the receiver and its components have beautiful scroll engraving.

Barrel Length: 24 1/4”, round, with full length solid rib.

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a thin blade in a protective 'eared' base, dovetailed to the barrel. The rear sight consists of a 100 meter standing "U" notched blade with a rear sight reference, with four other flip-up leafs which are marked "200 / 300 / 400 / 500", each with a rear reference cut; two no longer have silver filling in the cuts.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a set of dark lacquered hardwood. The forend and flanks of the black capped pistol grip have checkering, the forend shows repaired cracks on the left, and scrapes throughout. The butt stock has a sling swivel and small round metal insert, the forward swivel is mounted on the barrel; the butt plate has a storage compartment. The wrist has cracks, both stocks were sanded and re-finished a long time ago. The LOP measures 14 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the blue shotgun-style buttplate. The stocks are in about Fair and Good overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The bore is just south of semi-bright, there is extremely light erosion present, the rifling is highly formed with sharp lands.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80+% of its current finish. The receiver has heavy pitting under the current finish, seen also on its lever and block. The metal is shifting to a ruddy red with several scrapes and handling marks. The barrel is still nice and smooth with light underlying pits. The barrel matting was preserved, as were most of the engraved details, please see our pictures. The screw heads are generally strait with light tooling present and the markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good overall condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: The rifle was made in the early to mid 1800's, later nitro proofed, and again re-chambered for .35 Winchester. The rifle is a beautiful and intriguing piece. The Army & Navy Co-Operative society began business in 1871 and was composed of, you guessed it, army and navy service members who offered an array of manufacturing skills to the general public. The company enjoyed a vast catalog including rifles such as this one. We would love to know this rifle's stories and history, we can see it on safari or hanging above a vet's fireplace in its day. It will definitely continue to add charm to whatever collection it ends up in, those interested in Martini style rifles should be quite interested in this one. For more information about the Co-Op, visit http://www.housefraserarchive.ac.uk/company/?id=c0512.

CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This Antique carbine can be transferred/sold in California.



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Shipping:

To reduce the likelihood of damage during shipping, we may disassemble long guns by removing stocks when it is possible & easy and will not damage the wood or screws. We will also break down takedowns. We have had problems with rough carrier handling breaking the stocks at the wrist, and since we have begun to disassemble, we have not had any breakage. All parts will be individually wrapped. If you would prefer to not have your item disassembled, please let us know as soon as you win the bid.

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