Martini Cadet

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Type Cadet training rifle
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Service history
In service 1891-1955
Used by United Kingdom & Australia
Production history
Designer RSAF Enfield
Designed 1891
Manufacturer BSA and W.W. Greener
Produced 1891-c.1949
Number built approx. 83,000-
Weight 6 lb 5 oz (unloaded)
Length 42in (1250mm)

Cartridge .310 Cadet
Calibre .310 Cadet
Action Martini Falling Block/Francotte action
Rate of fire 10 rounds/minute
Muzzle velocity 1,200 ft/s (370 m/s)
Effective firing range 300 yd (270 m)
Feed system Single shot
Sights Sliding ramp rear sights, Fixed-post front sights

The Martini Cadet is a centrefire single shot rifle produced in the United Kingdom by BSA and W.W. Greener for the use of Australian military Cadets.[1] Based on a miniature version of the Martini-Henry it was internally different. Chambered for the .310 Cadet also known as the .310 Greener, they were also sold to the public as the BSA No.4, 4a, 4b and 5 in other calibres like the .297/230 and .22 rimfire. The rifles will often chamber the similarly sized .32-20 Winchester and fire with some accuracy.[2] However the 32/20 is actually 0.312 cal and the 310 is 0.323 cal. Due to this 10 thousandths difference the accuracy of a .32/20 round cannot be guaranteed.[3]

After being sold by the Australian government many were converted to sporting or target rifles, often re-barrelled to calibres like .22 Hornet, .218 Bee, .25-20 Winchester, .222 Rimmed, .357 Magnum and others to .22 rimfire by gun makers like Sportco.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ .Digger History
  2. ^ Martini Gallery
  3. ^ Cartridges of The World by Frank C. Barnes
  4. ^ Rifleman UK

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