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Egyptian Rolling Block


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Finally got around to taking some pictures of the old girl......

Typical Egyptian M1868 No 1 Remington Rolling Block. Finished in the white, well worn, marked several times. My reading has shown that only numbers not words were marked on these rifles by the Egyptians. Well the one marking is a word, the meaning of the word eludes me right now. I've reached out to a couple Arab speaking friends for help on it.

Last patent date listed on the tang is March 18th 1874, so from what I can tell it was made between 1874 and 1876, as the last delivery was supposedly in 1876.

Need to order a few parts and hunt some down.

1) Extractor, found it.
2) Extractor retaining pin, found it.
3) Firing, pin found it.
4) Firing pin retaining pin, found it.
5) Rear barrel band with screw, found it (Original barrel band screw is MIA and the hole for it is buggered up)
6) Replacement sling swivel for middle barrel band, found it (Old swivel is about worn through).
7) Firing pin retractor......Still looking for that one.
8) Bayonet, I'll look around and see if I can find one at a decent price.
9) Sling, still trying to figure out what the proper sling for these are.

So found 6 of the 7 main parts needed right off the bat, not too bad of a start, then the two accessories to round it out.

Markings on the rifle.

١٣٩٣ Translates as 1393
٢٨٤٧ج Translates as C 2847
١٩١ Translate as 191
غ Translates as G
ح Translates as H
خءذب or خءزب Translates as ?

Plus the EP half moon (Date is worn off), supposedly the EP stands for Egyptian Protectorate or Egyptian Police.

Trigger assembly tang SN G 7895
Receiver assembly tang SN 40308 (Official serial number for records purposes)


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Nice looking... Great markings.

Nice little background story on the Egyptian Remingtons..

https://americansocietyofarmscollec...-Remington-Rolling-Blocks-in-the-Horn-of-.pdf

The only thing wrong with The Vintage Rolling blocks is a lack if cool crests and inprints like Mausers. Rolling blocks were just to utilitarian.
True, but they are full of history if you take a minute to listen and look. Been offered a Italian Vetterli, have a Swiss Vetterli already. Got my eye on a few other old rifles to add to my growing collection.

French M1874 Gras Rifle made in 1877.
British Martini-Henry.
Italian M91 Carcano.
U.S. M1863 Springfield.
Etc.
Etc.

The list never gets shorter, no sooner do I mark one off, 2 to 3 more get added.......


 

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On the Martini Henry, what caliber are you leaning towards??

What caliber is the Italian Vetterli..??
Don't know if the Vetterli in still in its original 10.4x47mm cartridge or has been converted to the 6.5x52mm Carcano cartridge. I'll have to ask him..

As to the Martini-Henry I haven't really decided, in all actuality as long as it's a military cartridge it doesn't matter.
 
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303 martinis have some cool hand me down history and easier to feed.. But in all honesty you have to get both...
 
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