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    Default Gene Hackman's Martini Henry rifles

    In the movie The Hunting Party (a western from 1971) starring Gene Hackman, Oliver Reed and Candace Bergen, Hackman has four sporterized versions of the Martini-Henry, each with a telescopic sight. Hackman claims to his friends on a train/whorehouse that they can shoot accurately to 800 yards, and they use them to hunt down that band of bandits that have kidnapped Hackman's wife, played by Bergen, and the leader of the band she falls in love with is Oliver Reed.



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    http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/?p=173



    and check out this piece, freeze at 1.04
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    Depending on what they were chambered in, no reason to dispute the claim. Presuming the gun was properly zeroed and the range was accurately estimated (the real key to long range accuacy with anything, and especially BP rounds). Also helpful to be good at doping the wind....
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    Look closely at the relationship of the scope tube to the falling block.

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    Wahey! Nice to see Simon Oakland, one of the ubiquitous character actors of that era, albeit in an all-too-'70's light blue suit. Give him props for not having a finger in the trigger guard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Story View Post
    Look closely at the relationship of the scope tube to the falling block.
    Yea I see. It would be difficult to get a round into that chamber with that scope right there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by my-rifle View Post
    Yea I see. It would be difficult to get a round into that chamber with that scope right there.
    Yet in the video, there's a scene where the four rifles are in action and being rapidly reloaded. I think that clearance is just enough for blanks.

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    With those tiny scopes not all the hard at all.

    Sadly the barrels look like movie lot fakes- shotgun barrels in an insert screw into the action.
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    "And don't forget. That isn't your Martini you have. It belonged to others before you and will belong to others after you are gone. Look after it, and pass it on with pride. It deserves it." Malcolm Cobb, The Martini Henry Note-book
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    not a g. hackman movie, i watched the original 'jaws' movie on tv, he used martini to shoot the harpoons into the shark. it was silver, paint i'm sure, or

    was there a real martini based harpoon gun??

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    Quote Originally Posted by johosjokers View Post
    not a g. hackman movie, i watched the original 'jaws' movie on tv, he used martini to shoot the harpoons into the shark. it was silver, paint i'm sure, or

    was there a real martini based harpoon gun??
    There certanly was. Made , IIRC, by Greener.
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