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DateOriginal Topic
19th April 2005Can someone tell me
By Basil
how the spent cartridge case was ejected from the Martini henry rifle
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19th April 2005Adrian Whiting
Basil,

The Martini Henry rifle used a rimmed cartridge case. The rim of the cartridge engaged with two extractor arms, 180 degrees apart, but part of the same component, i.e. one extractor.

Two recesses in the breech accomodated the armswhen the action was closed.

When the action was openend, by depressing the operating lever underneath the action, this caused the breech block to drop, which in turn cammed the extractor arms forward. If done sharply enough the cartridge case would be thrown clear of the action.

If you contact me off forum I can provide some images, which may be easier to follow !

Thanks

Adrian
20th April 2005Neil Aspinshaw
Basil
I have just posted my website www.martinihenry.co.uk, all is revealed.
There is a new version of this going on in the next day or so, thanks to Adrain for his input in proof reading oit for me.
regards
Neil
20th April 2005Basil
Adrian
thanks very descriptive & explanatory

Neil
Cracking site much appreciated