Book Review: The Martini Henry, For Queen and Empire

December 9, 2019

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Among the perennial challenges facing authors of firearms reference books is balancing the technical nit-pickery using the broad historic look at a gun and it is context in world occasions. The emphasis is generally tending for the technical, but Neil Alpinshaw has been doing a great job of balancing the 2, making the introduction of the Martini-Henry an interesting story simultaneously (an uncommon task within this genre!). His new book “The Martini-Henry: For Queen and Empire” mixes vivid descriptions of British troops fighting over the far-flung corners around the globe using their reliable Martinis with past the event and modernization from the rifles (and carbines).

Most fascinating in my experience personally was the section around the Martini-enfield, that was is the improved form of the Martini-Henry. Chambered for any smaller sized-bore .402 caliber cartridge and fitted with sights for rapid close-in combat in addition to lengthy-range volley fire and sporting a fast-loading magazine connected to the receiver, this can be a fascinating consider the greatest evolution from the single-shot black-powder military rifle. Its development was dashed through the secure action Lee and the introduction of electric powder, and also the thousands initially created were changed into other patterns before seeing service.

Aspinshaw also tackles most of the lengthy-standing myths concerning the Martini, especially its weaknesses. He adopts his information from period investigations after-action reports, and avoids the most popular hearsay. He doesn’t let their own personal desire for the topic prevent him from articulating the real problems the rifles had, but clears away the misconceptions that are presently prevalent (such as the impossible-to-open ammunition boxes).

Printed by Worldwide Military Antiques, the coverage cost is $60, which is worth every cent for anybody thinking about the grand Victorian British Empire or even the Martini like a firearms family.

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