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PostSubject: Martini Henry question    Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:46 pm

Hi,

This may be a strange question but did firearms used in the ZW have a serial number, which would link it to an individual soldier?

I have a 1876 MKII Martini Henry (one of the surplus ones sent to Nepal), I have had a quick glance but can see no identifying marks – apart from some stamping (in Nepalese on the stock).

It has the usual collection of 'proof marks' etc on the metal work and some Nepalese letters on the trigger guard.

I now that MHs were stamped with the regiment number/mark (I have read that a rifle associated with Isandlwana was recovered and identified by its stamp to a battalion) during the ZW but did they also have ‘serial’ numbers?

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