Here is a mystery Belgian rifle. He has the Martini-Henry type action, but has a repeating system using a pump for loading. It is a 22 short rifle and is nothing like I have ever seen with a Martini Action. The action looks to be nickeled and the barrel is blued. It has a somewhat complicated mechanism, and I wonder if it ever actually worked well.

The only marks that I can discern that might help to identify this rifle are 'FC' and 'AJ' near the rear of the barrel. There may be other marks under the barrel, but the system is so complicated I did not want to try to disassemble the rifle, lest I could not put it back together again.

Marks on rear of barrel and front of action: crown/R, small mark/AJ (A is clear, not sure if second letter is a J), proof mark, FL, 22.C, Liege mark, small mark/AJ. Barrel 57 centimeters, overall length 99 centimeters



Strange weapon if it is, it seems to be a crossing against nature between a MARTINY and a riot-gun!?

I had never seen such a weapon and yet, I saw some. In short.....

The punches

They are the usual punches of the bench of tests of Liege, that is to say:

Spangled ELG in a crowned oval: acceptance - of 1893 to 1968.

Peron: inspection - post 1855

Spangled AJ: countermark of the controller - of 1877 to 1968.

FL 22 C: gauge FLOBERT 22.

For the remainder I acknowledge my ignorance and call upon the team and wishing him good luck.



Your rifle is sensational. I intended some to speak, but I had never seen it. It is mentioned in an American book of before the 2e war... in connection with the attempts to transform the various weapons with a blow into weapons with repetition.

It seems that a .22 version was shown to European soldiers, to transform their stocks of old rifles. But it was already too late (at the end of 1870 beginning 1880).

Unfortunately, I have only one to remember reading... and still, it acted of a paragraph within the framework of the weapons of transition.

Better greetings

Frank (Swiss)