My name is Jason Atkin. I'm 36 years old, and am from Sacramento, California. I've been very interested in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, and thus the Martini-Henry, since my grandfather introduced me to the movie Zulu many years ago. As a result, I read, study and collect anything related to the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, particularly, Martini-Henrys. My fondness for firearms goes way back, and I've been collecting and shooting firearms for a number of years. The Zulu-War/Martini-Henry addiction dovetailed nicely with this. I'm an animal lover, so I don't hunt, but I totally support the rights of people who do.
I certainly don't consider myself an "expert" on Martinis, but rather an "enthusiast" and "collector". I don't pretend to know it all, and am constantly striving to learn all I can about these historic weapons. My primary focus, and area of knowledge are the large-frame British military Martini-Henrys. While I own a couple Cadets and Greener Martinis, they are not my specialties.
I currently own twenty-two Martinis of various types and patterns, and am always looking for more. Considering how Martini prices have skyrocketed in the past two years, I may have to start selling my blood and vital organs to support my Martini habit, but it is most definitely a labor of love. I have had to sell some Nagants and SMLEs recently to make room for new acquisitions in the gun safes (have a look at the Classifieds page). Gradually, I see myself only buying Martinis from here on out. Once you've shot one of these old girls, it's hard to go back to a Mosin or Mauser.