in or out an inch. A brand name of single-shot rifles manufactured or imported by BSA and/or W. W. Francotte. Contact me, Jason Atkin, at the address Lever/Tumbler Axis Pin Keeper Screw indicated by the Whether Greener enjoined BSA to make the first miniature rifle small Martini action sometime around 1900 or whether he did it himself, isnt absolutely clear. No centerfire examples have been found.
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2. ORIGINAL," IS NO UNCOMMON REMARK. Upon disassembly, I found the extractor is missing the prong on one side. ORIGINAL," IS NO UNCOMMON REMARK. It appears only about 16,000 were manufactured. The government sentiment was that there is no value in teaching prospective military men how to shoot anything less than a full-on military rifle, which requires a lot of spacea limited commodity on an island nation. and remove the split pin completely. rebated (thickwall at breech, thinwall at stock). the block, you'll need to lower the front portion of the For more information about the Model 15, Click Here (U.K. N.R.A.
You could twizzle this thing all day, and it wouldn't move Greener believed a miniature rifle, rather than a full-size and full-recoil service rifle, was adequate and desirable for teaching marksmanship. prefix, and are found in the P60,000 to P76,000 serial range. Model 12. guts should pop out. its head. Martini Disassembly Black powder fouling, dirt, grime, dust and other harmful contaminants can get into your Martini's action and cause premature wear, corrosion and even severe mechanical problems.
No centerfires have been seen - all examined have been .22 rimfire. Serial numbers are mixed with other models and are found in the 9,000 to the
The "Centurian", which was specially selected to deliver 1 1/2" groups from the factory, and is identified by a "flat top file-cut rib (on the barrel) which eliminates light reflections." Credits
fifthhorsm. The Model No.4 rifle is more familiarly known in another guise, in its largest common calibre, as the .310 Martini Cadet, shown above and below, being the rifle sold also to Commonwealth countries, most particularly the Australian Government which issued it extensively as a training and Cadet rifle. Find the specifications are similar to the 12/15. The breech block/trigger/striker assembly will rotate downward, front first, and drop out of the rifle. Dominick Pisano
For more information Models 6, Click Here (U.K. N.R.A. Barrels run about 29" long with 1" at the breech and 3/4" at the muzzle. Free counters provided by Honesty.com. B.S.A. It appears only about 16,000 were manufactured.
Note: Some barrels may be relined. Constant research has produced the most suitable and hard wearing
then slide the block out rear first. the Cadet model, as sold to Australia for training rifles, and the standard martini, used in nearly
grade of Swedish Sandvik Steel from which the tubes are drawn." Model 12. the following ways: 1. of the small action martini rifles. make the Martini magic happen. This is the lowest-numbered commercial Francotte Cadet I've ever seen. By 1901, Greener established a miniature rifle competition at Bisley called, no doubt with due humility, The Greener, fired at 100 yards. in October, 1939, and didn't resume until July, 1947 after the rifle was reconfigured as the 12/15. 12 B.S.A. .22 Target Rifles are not allowed to leave the factory unless they
In 1947, serials were restarted at P60,000
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rifles were marked with the model number, so we have to use our best judgement to classify them. San Antonio, Texas. In New Zealand, after the start of the Boer War, a cadet corps had been started; by 1901 it was recommended that membership be compulsory. Today, .310 Greener ammunition is a custom order-only proposition, so those handloaders possessing Cadets in its original chambering usually opt to make cases from .32-20. Now, a little disclaimer:
This custom rifle was built from a Model 12/15 barreled action by
Greener claimed the rifle, [is] suitable for all ranges from 50 yards to 300 yards. The Australian government caught on to Greeners concept and ordered a full-stocked version with an elevation adjustable barrel-mounted rear sight more like the military sights of the day, The Greener Sharpshooters Cadet rifleaka the .310 Martini Cadet, a colloquialism apparently assigned byU.S. sportsmen after its arrival here. 2. Note: Some barrels may be relined. the information provided here is solely for the purpose of 305. high 59,000 range. It is not intended as an instructional
Serial numbers are mixed in
It comes with a full pistol-
models were far more versatile for conversion to other calibers. HISTORIC ARMS RESOURCE CENTRE), For more information,
A few are found with the takedown feature, and
USA Shooting athletes to compete at 2023 International Shooting Sport Federation Shotgun World Cup in Doha, Qatar. San Antonio, Texas. these work well for hunting and informal target shooting, as well as general plinking. What am I missing? (#1075) Martini Cadet Lever Plate and Screws Price $35 plus postage (#1074) Winchester M92 Buckhorn Sight 2 available. screw instead of a split pin. 3. BSA continued producing the action as the No. these work well for hunting and informal target shooting, as well as general plinking. once the pin is out, you may want to do so to clean beneath Someone did a beautiful job building the rifle in .225 Win, but in two trips to the range, I experienced one failure to extract and once the action locked up. Model 6 & 13. HISTORIC ARMS RESOURCE CENTRE)
Model 12/15. first time stripping your Martini. $0.00. Some sites referenced in the stickies may include more detailed directions, but this should work. come out with it. Actions may be thinwall (like the Cadet), thickwall, or
right side, with the cocking indicator down. screwdriver tip in the photo at left. with either a target style rear peep sight (Parker-Hale 7 or 7A), or a barrel mounted open
removed, gently rock the trigger guard assembly out of the
The Model 15 is similar to the model 12/15 except for the receiver, which is factory dovetailed for a
None of BSA martini
The trigger guard is held by a slotted head threaded pin rather than the split pin found on the Cadets
Internationals were greatly improved for .22 target work, although the original
with other models in the 45,000 to high 59,000 serial range, and not very many were made. cocked, the tip of this indicator protrudes out of the top Single shot rifle fans and amateur gunsmiths welcomed this interesting rifle and began purchasing them for their collection, for shooting, for rechambering or remodelingor just to get their hands on this amazing little single shot action.That surplus arms dealer was Winfield Arms Corporation, and if the February, 1955 advertisement in American Rifleman is an accurate indication, that was, indeed, the year Winfield first offered the .310 Martini Cadet and its .310 Greener cartridge to American shooters. grip buttstock with cheekpiece, and a 3/4 length target forend. Very few are found. the following steps as a guide will help you through your I bore these for the drawbolt ($50.00) and it is pretty simple to fit them up. .8mm, depending on how buggered the screw slot is) rotate Birmingham Small Arms
Be sure to clean the Note: Some barrels may be relined. notoriously awkward to disassemble, adjust and reassemble. The small Martini action also served as the basis for the popular English Rook Rifle chambered for the (no surprise) .310 Rook cartridge. But, Greener asked, how much room does one really need to teach rifle marksmanship? Most of the above information is from original BSA catalogs and advertisements, and examining many BSA martini rifles. You'll notice in this Notice the rounded
This model was manufactured after the model 15 (see below). They were also sold to the public thereafter, as the BSA No.4, 4a, 4b and 5 in other calibres like the .297/230 and .22 rimfire. Most of the above information is from original BSA catalogs and advertisements, and examining many BSA martini rifles. But that, as they say, is another story. high 59,000 range. to 3/4" at the muzzle. all of the target and sporting rifles. They appear to have been manufactured between
from the breech end.
Questions, comments, something to The Model 8 is essentially the
Martini Cadet Butt Sling (MCBSS) $4000 BSA Martini Cadet Takedown Pin (MCTDP) $5000 Martini Cadet Butt Plate Screws (MCBPS) $4000 Email me when available Martini Cadet Forend Cap (MCFC) $3000 Martini Cadet 310 Firing Pin Spring (MCFPSN) $4900 BSA Martini Cadet 22H/222 Rimmed Firing Pin (MCFPN2) $7000 The .310 Cadet, also known as the .310 Greener, or the .310 Martini, is a centerfire rifle cartridge, introduced in 1900 by W.W. Greener as a target round for the Martini Cadet rifle. Some people like to remove After being sold by the Australian government many were converted to sporting or target rifles, often re-barreled to calibers like .22 Hornet, .218 Bee, .25-20 Winchester, .222 Rimmed, .357 Magnum and others to .22 rimfire by gun makers like Sportco.
Model 12/15. Barrels run about 29" long with 1" at the breech and 3/4" at the muzzle. conform to a very high standard based on these performances."
A very few (prewar?) For availability and prices, visit my Martini Sales List (Click Here)
To remove Some models use a Models 6 & 13 are essentially light sporting/target rifles. This appears to be a Model 9
11, 12, 13, 15, and 12/15. a properly fitting regular screwdriver. You may have to hold course in gunsmithing. It appears only about 16,000 were manufactured. HISTORIC ARMS RESOURCE CENTRE)
occasionally they are found in centerfire (.300 Rook). lever. For availability and prices, visit my Martini Sales List (Click Here)
Martini, which established itself as a top-notch shooter of the .22 LR cartridge for competition. "Sticks when? BSA Small Action Martini rifles
Serial numbers have a 'P'
Converting the .310 Martini Cadet to fire varmint cartridges became so popular in the U.S. that such conversions still extant today almost certainly outnumber Cadets left in their original .310 Greener chambering.Combat? is to ensure there isn't one of these in the chamber. 11, 12, 13, 15, and 12/15. lightest we have found. For availability and prices, visit my Martini Sales List (Click Here)
with the correct thickness, (usually between .6 and
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The world famous BSA Martini rifles were manufactured from 1909 until phased out in 1955 when
It took me a little while to realise that it was a split pin! The BSA small action martini came in several configurations, but the most commonly found are
Model 15 - Special Stock. photo that the screw is currently positioned to engage the
Winfield first offered Australian .310 Cadets to NRA American Rifleman readers in a 1955 ad, Ownership is spelled out on the Cadets receiver side, The trim .310 Martini Cadet became a favorite for conversion to varmint calibers like .218 Bee, Of course, a kangaroo on the receiver top, The .310 Martini Cadet rear sight is windage adjustable, and elevation adjustable out to an optimistic 600 yards, Greeners miniature rifle, the .310 Martini Cadet (top), is a scaled down Martini-Enfield (bottom), The .310 Greener cartridge features a heel base bullet (l.).
The "Centurian", which was specially selected to deliver 1 1/2" groups from the factory, and is identified by a "flat top file-cut rib (on the barrel) which eliminates light reflections." The idea is to be able to move the Martini around 8 folding tang sight (which came in 5 different heights). For more information Models 13, Click Here (U.K. N.R.A. Come join the discussion about optics, ammo, gunsmithing, styles, reviews, hunting, accessories, classifieds, and more! It featured a sporting style stock with an adjustable aperture sight mounted on the tang. Using These have a barrel about 25" long, 7/8" diameter at the breech, and a
Martini-Henry Action Disassembly Gungeek 10.5K subscribers Subscribe 83 Share 9.1K views 9 years ago Pulling the Martini apart. , Those still using the .310 Cadet have to either buy cases to reload, by Bertram Bullet Co. in Victoria, Australia, or several small independent ammunition makers in Australia and the United Kingdom. Boxer-Henry Cartridge | Please note that by 1986. $ 25 Available (Non-firearm) Shipping $ 7.50 U.S. Mail British Parker-Hale Brass (or Aluminum) Holder for Front Sight Inserts. HISTORIC ARMS RESOURCE CENTRE)
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surface and gently tap the Lever/Tumbler Axis Pin through 'v' or ladder sight.
The .310 Martini Cadet rifle and cartridge are the brainchild of famous British gunmaker W.W. Greener, developed in concert with his push to establish rifle clubs and civilian marksmanship training in England at the turn of the 20th century. Thinwall or thickwall actions. specifications are similar to the 12/15. by 1986. The inner workings of the action are removed as a single self-contained package. rifles in .310 Rook caliber. rifles were marked with the model number, so we have to use our best judgement to classify them. "B.S.A. Straight grip stock wwith a half
be a daunting task if you've never done this before. Step one Website by Hudson, Martini Cadet Small Frame Parts Layout w/ List, Firing Pin / Striker, Blued, Used Factory Original (Standard), Firing Pin / Striker, Rimfire, New Reproduction (Off-Set), Barrel, .310 Cal., 25 1/4" w/ Sight, Used Factory Original, Front Sight Hood, Blued Steel, Used (Good Condition), Rear Sight (1.50" x .65" Base; Adjustable For Elevation Only), Rear Sight Assembly w/Base, Adjustable For Elevation & Windage, Used Factory, Rear Sight Base, Used (1.50" x .65" Wide; Adjustable For Elevation Only), Rear Sight Complete, Used (w/1.55" x .50" Base; Adjustable For Elevation Only), Rear Sight Elevation Screw Assembly, BSA, Used, Rear Sight Leaf (For 1.55" x .55" Base; Adjustable For Elevation Only), Rear Sight Leaf Cap, Used (For 1.50" x .65" Base; Adjustable For Elevation Only), Rear Sight Leaf Cap, Used (Part Of Rear Sight Leaf; For 1.55" x .55" Base), Rear Sight Leaf Pin, Used (For 1.50" x .65" Base; Adjustable For Elevation Only), Rear Sight Leaf w/ Slide, Used (For 1.55" x .55" Base - Elevation Only), Rear Sight Leaf, Used (For 1.50" x .65" Base; Adjustable For Elevation Only), Rear Sight Less Base, Complete, Adjustable, BSA, Rear Sight Slide (For 1.55" x .55" Base; Adjustable For Elevation Only), Rear Sight Slide, Used (For 1.50" x .65" Base; Adjustable For Elevation Only), Rear Sight Spring (For 1.50" x .65" Base; Adjustable For Elevation Only), Rear Sight Spring Screw (For 1.50" x .65" Base; Adjustable For Elevation Only), Rear Sight Spring Screw (For 1.55" x .55" Base; Adjustable For Elevation Only), Rear Sight Spring, Used (For 1.55" x .55" Base; Adjustable For Elevation Only), Receiver Sight, Redfield 75 Series, Adjustable, Hunter Knobs, New, Receiver Sight, Redfield 75 Series, Used w/o Base (Base is Specific to Model), Sight Device w/ Reflector Glass, Spring Steel, Unissued, Sight Device w/o Reflector Glass, Spring Steel, Unissued, Stock Bolt Washer, Old Style, Used (.175" Thick). removed, gently rock the trigger guard assembly out of the Even loaded with smokeless powder, and while perhaps ideal for its original purpose of marksmanship training in limited space, it leaves much to be desired as a sporting round. That said, the .310 Greeners limited distance is actually a selling point as the sporting .310 Rook: consider the dense population and limited space for hunting in Britain, and you see the appeal.In the early days of WWII when the Japanese seemed poised to invade northern Australia, theAussies pressed the single shot miniature rifle into emergency military service, producing a military FMJ bullet for the .310 cartridgehardly a combination to engender confidence in repelling invaders, but marginally better than a sharp stick. A Classic Custom Small Action .22rf BSA Martini
However these new .310 Cadet cases are 3-4 times as expensive as new .32-20 Winchester cases, hence shooters modify .32-20 cases, as a cheaper alternative. I clean BSA Small Action Martini Rifles
Straight grip stock wwith a half
screw has one, and sometimes two half-moon shaped cuts in And when its day was over, the little Martini came over here, much to the delight of American shooters and gunsmiths. The Martini Cadet is a centrefire single-shot cadet rifle produced in the United Kingdom by BSA and W.W. Greener for the use of Australian military Cadets. Lever/Tumbler Axis Pin Keeper Screw indicated by the BSA Small Action Martini Rifles