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PostSubject: Making Martini Henrys in 1879.   Mon May 29, 2017 1:12 pm

The confidential reports from the RSAF at Enfield, now at the National Archives, contain some fascinating insights into the manufacture of Martini Henrys at Enfield. This short paragraph notes that they could make 2000 rifles per week at full capacity, but that work conditions in the forges were horrendous.
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PostSubject: Re: Making Martini Henrys in 1879.   Mon May 29, 2017 10:56 pm

The high water mark was actually January 1873 when 2224 Martini's were made at Enfield. By 1879 the quantities had dropped off substantially, leading to contracts at the BSA and LSA companies being cancelled by E P Napean. It picked up by 1885 when an average of 259 rifles were being produced every working day.
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PostSubject: Re: Making Martini Henrys in 1879.   Tue May 30, 2017 6:03 pm

Hi Neil

The numbers are astounding aren't they. How's the book coming along?

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