BSA Martini custom

A really slick little gun! This article was originally published on DRTV and the Michael Bane Blog on May 2, 2006. This rifle is also featured in a segment of Shooting Gallery episode #167.

A really slick little gun!

Okay, I think I know everybody in the business, and mostly I do. But sometimes, I am just dead bang wrong!Martini Cadet by Vic Samuel Here’s a case in point.

I met gunsmith Vic Samuel from SSA Enterprises through his son, Alan, who’s a machine gun guy and a revolver competition champion, while filming the first episodes of SHOOTING GALLERY. You saw Alan in our very first machine gun episode and in the 3-gun cop match in Colorado. Vic had a bit part in the machine gun show.

Martini Cadet by Vic Samuel

When I met Vic, he mentioned in passing that he “fiddled around with guns.” Eventually Alan let drop that his Dad built custom Martini Cadets.The little Martini action open. Okay, that’s obscure!

Essentially, Martini Cadets are small-framed versions of the famous Martini-Henry single shot rifles…think “Zulu!” the movie. Martini-Henrys have been around since the end of the 19th Century, but the Cadets, made for training (hence “Cadet”) and target competition, take from the early 1900s.

The little Martini action open.

You can find out everything you ever wanted to know about Martinis here and here.

“The world famous BSA Martini rifles were manufactured from 1909 until phased out in 1955 when the last 12/15 was shipped.Neat, precise and a perfect varmint rifle in .357! The International models were introduced in 1950 and phased out by 1986. Internationals were greatly improved for .22 target work, although the original models were far more versatile for conversion to other calibers.”

Apparently the little guys were popular with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but sadly he never thought to have Holmes and Watson put them to use.

Neat, precise and a perfect varmint rifle in .357!

Truth be told, I hadn’t thought about Martini Cadets in ages, but when I was a kid I had a BIG JONES for a converted .357/.38 one. The most common caliber of the small Martinis was .310 Rook, which lobbed a 120-grain bullet at about 1200 fps. That made the gun ideal for a .357 or a .32/20 conversion. I don’t know why I got all torqued up about the .357, except maybe that my father had no time for “obsolete” cartridges like the .32/20 and believed in the .357 Maggie the way some of my relatives believed in Elvis.

I eventually talked to Vic about an “homage’ to the gun I wanted when I was growing up —. 357 Magnum caliber; fat, wide benchrest-style forend; ’60s-style walnut stock; half-round/half-octagonal barrel, etc.

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Gin or vodka with Martini dry vermouth.
Sorry, chickies with your stupid blueberry cran-tinis or your godawful Kahlua Snickers 'martinis'. I kick over your table.

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Grocery (Amoretti)
  • Sensational - Made With Real Fruit (Separation is Completely Natural - Shake Well)
  • Save Money with this Multi-Pack Cocktail Mix Sampler
  • Easy to Use - Makes Better Martinis & Cocktails
  • Martini Cocktail Mix for Martinis, Appletinis & Your Own Cocktail Recipes
  • Proudly Hand Crafted in Southern California
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  • Avatar slimjz89 How old do you have to be to get into the Blue Martini in Tampa?
    Sep 17, 2008 by slimjz89 | Posted in Beer, Wine & Spirits

    We are celebrating my friends 19th birthday tonite and everyone going is 19 except for one person who is 22. If Blue Martini is 21 and up than does anyone have any other suggestions for a bar/music/pretty place like that near tampa, but nothing further...thanks!!!

    • Try someplace in Ybor city. I think some of them have 18+ nights.

      Just stick together when you leave, etc... It's going downhill.


      Not to mention "Blue M" is way overpriced anyhow.