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In full "Martini–Henry rifle" (occasionally "Martini–Henry carbine"). A rifle combining a breech mechanism invented by Martini with a ·45-calibre barrel incorporating a rifling system devised by Henry, used in the British army from 1871 to 1891.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Naval & Military Gazette. From Martini + Henry.
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