ARMY & NAVY 22 HORNET- FRANCOTTE PATENT SMALL CADET MARTINI ACTION- 4 Lbs. 13 Oz.- UNIQUE ENGRAVING
Guns International #: 100232875 Seller's Inventory #: y966
Category: Rifles - English Sporting - Antique Rifles - Single Shot
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Company: Champlin Firearms Inc.
Member Since: 11/19/07
First Name: George
Last Name: Caswell
Country: United States
Seller: FFL Dealer
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#7297, Army & Navy C. S. L. London: A neat little Martini Cadet Falling Block Commercial Sporting Rifle (Not Government Issued) on a Francotte patent Martini action, It is a Self Cocking, Lever Operated Single Shot in 22 Hornet, It is a scaled down version of the Martini-Henry that was originated by Auguste Francotte in Belgium, It has the Francotte stamp of AF with a crown, Full length sleeved barrel by J. J. Jenkins in Santa Barbara, California, It has a 27 1/2" barrel, Elevator rear sight, 14 1/2" LOP over a horn buttplate, Only 4 Lbs. 13 Oz., Original wood that has been refinished but very nicely done, Wrap around point pattern checkering, Horn forend tip, 90% coverage of very unique engraving, It has fresh case colors on the lever, The barrel & receiver has been reblacked, The bore remains in excellent condition, The Francotte action design has the feature that the entire internals of the action can be removed with a single split pin. There is a good chance this piece was chambered to the .310 Cadet or Greener. The original large actions were designed by Friedrich von Martini of Switzerland. /////////////////////// Mr. J. J. Jenkins was considered one of the top gunsmiths in California in the 1960's and 1970's. Jenkins work is marked under the forend and it has a separate number of 276 and also a 71 behind the Hornet stamping. I am quite sure he either did this piece in 1971 or February of 1976. I did business with Mr. Jenkins back in the 1970's and always found him most knowledgeable.