View Full Version : Martini or falling block action

Jake 98c/11b
November 16, 2001, 10:46 AM
I am interested in building a small carbine on a Martini action or a small falling block action. Where can I find something like this? I want to build a small light carbine in .357 mag for a kid, kind of a first centerfire for my cousin. My original thought was to find a beater single shot topper and buy a .357 barrel but he is really good with the knife and .22 we gave him, he cleans and maintains them well so I figured he should have something nicer. I had a line on a Martini but it fell through.

J.B. Hickok
November 16, 2001, 05:45 PM
Navy Arms had some Martini actions available several years ago. I doubt that they still have any but it would not hurt to check. They were pricey at the time.

December 13, 2001, 09:30 AM
There is a dealer on the web specializing in Martinis, think it's calle the Martini Gallery. Lots of beauties there, many for sale. I'll try to find the address.

December 13, 2001, 11:45 AM
How about a rook rifle? That presumes finding one, and ammo to go with it. There is also the Browning Lo-wall in .22 Hornet. I saw someone selling 'em in Shotgun News not to long ago. I think Uberti sells a revolving rifle in .357 based on the Remington 1858 Army SA. Try checking their sight. They also make a Baby Rolling Block carbine, based on their pistol action, but I can't remember what caliber(s) they offer. I know they're not Martini's, but those can be difficult to locate. Hope this'll help.

December 13, 2001, 04:11 PM
Didn't see if any were available, but at the bottom of the page there's a link to Want Ads and For Sale items. Here's the link: http://www.martinigallery.com/. Tight groups :D !!

December 15, 2001, 10:17 AM
Jake, the easiest way to go would be to get a T/C Contender Carbine with a .357 barrel. That way he could upgrade to a heavier caliber if desired as time goes by.

Jake 98c/11b
December 15, 2001, 06:52 PM
Terrill, I will likely go with the Contender, I just happen to be a fan of the Martini action and small falling block actions.

December 16, 2001, 02:37 AM
There's a gun shop that has a Ruger #1S in .357 Magnum. Dunno if that was a factory chambering, but for a falling block, it'd be a fun rifle in that light a caliber.:D

John Lawson
December 20, 2001, 08:11 PM
A Cadet Martini or a rook rifle with an identical action made by BSA will work up into a beautiful and accurate rifle. I have one that will end up being a .22 Rem Jet caliber. You can go all the way on one of these.
A Contender is a shooter, but it will always be just a Contender. If you compare the targets from a Contender in .357 and a Cadet Martini in .357 you'll see what I mean. Make a 7/8" diameter bull barrel. If you obtain a chambering reamer without a throater integral and use a separate throater to finish the chamber, the Martini will make the Contender look as accurate as a Daisy bb gun.