A very nice, clean example of a commercial Enfield Pattern 56 Muzzle Loading Rifled Musket by GW Bales of Ipswich and London.
The volunteer movement members supplied there own rifles, equipment and uniforms and as such were free to source from preferred gunmakers who build them muskets based on the regular army pattern weapons.
This rifle is one of these being a pattern 1856, these were shortened pattern 1853s with a 33” barrel with three groove rifling and a twist of one turn in 6’ 6”.
This rifle is in very good overall condition with a nice patina for its age and all original except for the nipple, the brass flash cover and perhaps the nipple protector.
The barrel is good with strong rifling commensurate with the type.
A great classic Martini small frame rifle the .310 Cadet rifle. These rifles were made for the Commonwealth of Australia as training rifles for the Cadets. These Model 4 BSA rifles were the basis for BSA’s famous and extensive line of small frame Martini’s culminating in the Internationals.
This rifle is stamped Vic for the state of Victoria and comes fitted with the fine windage and elevation adjustable rear sight.
This rifle is in very good condition, with even blueing overall having some thinning of the edges of the frame, the wood is good with little in the way of stock dents and the walnut on the butt is finely figured.
The barrel is in very good condition also being smooth and bright with strong rifling with no signs of pitting to my eye. If held on an FAC this gun is an accurate shooter.
This rifle is and obsolete calibre and can be sold without and FAC but if it is to be shot then an appropriate slot on your FAC will be required.
Cadets in this condition are becoming rarer and rarer.
This is a nice clean example of a Greener made 310 Cadet rifle for post federation colony of Victoria now part of the Commonwealth of Australia.
310 cadet rifles were bought in abundance by Australia both pre and post federation to equip mainly the Cadet companies as the 577/450 Martini rifle was deemed too powerful for the cadet’s youthful frames.
The British gun trade responded to Australia’s call for these rifle with BSA, Westley Richards and Greener being the main suppliers.
Greener was the most prolific of the companies and tendered its cadet production through out the trade as well as making in house.
During the Japanese threat in World War two the 310 Cadet rifles were taken out of reserve to help meet the Imperial menace of Japan. A copper jacketed round was developed for use against the invader as the original lead bullet would have contravened the Geneva convention.
This rifle is in very good overall condition commensurate with its age and history and is fully functioning. There is some staining visible on the receivers L/H side and there are two amall brass pins visible in the wrist to reinforce a slight crack, this is an old and professional repair.
This is being sold as an obsolete calibre rifle so no FAC required to purchase. However if it was put onto ticket to be fired in the future then it has good shooting bore.