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Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby DuncaninFrance » Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:56 am

Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry with a front band from a Russian Tula 1808 musket (?)
Offered for sale at €360 + €11 postage. I made a ridicules offer and he agreed. The cheques in the post!

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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby Aughnanure » Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:22 pm

That's a gem, Duncan.

I hope that you keep the Tula fitting on it, it's a piece of history; not a big piece but a piece none the less :)
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby DuncaninFrance » Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:53 pm

It arrived today. It's in shit order but the breech works and it cocks and fires..................The brass forend is not a Tula original but a rough brass casting but it is solid!

Start stripping it tomorrow if I can drift the pins out!
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby DuncaninFrance » Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:55 am

OK, here are the pictures of the beastie in pieces..........Mainly for blackisler

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All the metal parts, except the barrel, are currently soaking in Ballistol. I am trying to get a descent photograph of the riffling so watch this space
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby DuncaninFrance » Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:59 am

Having just received my new USB Endoscope in the post I have tried it on the barrel of the Afghan M-H....... :roll:
The images speak for themselves including the last 2 which show that my barrel has also been extended Robert.

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Better images to come I hope in the future when I have sussed this bit of kit out. :cool: :cool:
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby Niner » Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:14 am

At least there were no polyps. :loco:
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby Aughnanure » Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:12 pm

You can't kid me, Duncan.
That's the inside of a powerhouse chimney with specially laid bricks to make the smoke spiral out as it rises in the morning air.
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby Dutch Mosin » Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:14 pm

Duncan

That's a fantastic rifle with a great history attached to it.
I wish I had the time to do things like that.
Until then I'll just read your posts.
Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby DuncaninFrance » Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:42 pm

Well, I had to start on it sometime and this afternoon in the workshop I was just finishing a repair to an old tripod (Viewing Scope / Chronie for the use of ) when I heard this little voice saying "What about me, when are you going to look at me"!

So I thought I would make a start................ :lol:

I steam cleaned the crud off the action housing and then started on the rust. Ballistol + wire wool + fine emery cloth. Looks good now. I then unscrewed the barrel which was easy and looked at the action frame. It's distorted on one side and this makes the barrel sit at an angle. There are a lot of hammer marks on the metal so it was not an 'engineered' fit! :|

I will produce some pics once the parts are clean but it certainly won't shoot any live ammo again!
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:53 am

And here they are. You can probably see distortion in the action housing which makes the barrel cant to the left. It can be seen in the first page of pictures which I took at the initial strip down.

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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby Niner » Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:28 am

The results look very good. What's the steam cleaner look like?
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:44 am

Niner wrote:The results look very good. What's the steam cleaner look like?


http://www.milsurpafterhours.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=11828

Pedersoli's kit costs about €120 / $130 - my home made one cost €7,50 / $8 :lol: :lol:
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby Niner » Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:04 am

Oh.. Yeah.. I remember now. I was thinking you had something more elaborate. Amazing.
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby DuncaninFrance » Thu Nov 05, 2015 6:24 pm

Well, I have used the Big 45 Frontier rust remover on the barrel of my Kabul M-H and here is the result. It took me about 4 minutes scrubbing and 5 minutes with a cleaning rag and Ballistol.
:salute: As before, looking from the breech to the muzzle......

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Quite a difference.
I still need to get the light balance right for the endoscope images but for €7,50 I am quite satisfied.
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby dhtaxi » Thu Nov 05, 2015 6:52 pm

I need one of them. The rifle I mean not the endoscope I have two endoscopes of industrial quality I use for my work. They cost a little bit more than yours Duncan. :D
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby Niner » Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:55 pm

Glad the Big Frontier got to you and that you are happy with it. I was wondering if it would be worth the cost.
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby DuncaninFrance » Fri Nov 06, 2015 3:55 am

dhtaxi wrote:I need one of them. The rifle I mean not the endoscope I have two endoscopes of industrial quality I use for my work. They cost a little bit more than yours Duncan. :D


Think I might invest in a better one when the wife isn't looking Dave :lol: :lol:
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:03 am

I decided to finish the clean and re assembly of this monster so I can have some room on the work bench :roll:
First I used the polish that I made for the Schmidt-Rubin on the wood to see how it worked - very good result so am now getting rid of the rust where possible and putting it back together. Should :D make a novel wall hanger..............
Pics will follow.
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby Niner » Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:40 am

I was wondering what the end of this string would be about. I'd forgotten all about your having this relic. Surprised that you waited this long to put it back together.
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:27 pm

Only 24 hours in a day Robert and at the moment I am using up 25 of them!!!
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:41 am

Well, that's the best that I can manage...looks OK as a wall hanger but if you try and use it then it's like changing gear in a box full of nuts :shock: At least the wood came up nice using ArchFluffy's polish!

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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby Niner » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:47 am

It does look good. Cleans up better than my wall hugger Nepal "as found" special.
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Re: Kabul Arsenal Martini-Henry

Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:55 am

The only way you could kill anyone with mine is to club them to death with the butt :loco: :loco:
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