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Nepalese "Gahendra Martini", 455/577 Martini Henry Caliber

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MSRP: $600.00
Our Sale Price: $415.00
You Save: $185.00 (31 %)
1 In Stock
Item Number: Antique 3
Manufacturer: Antique
Manufacturer UPC Code: Antique 3

ALL ANTIQUE RIFLES SOLD AS-IS. NEVER ATTEMPT TO FIRE AN ANTIQUE WEAPON WITHOUT CONSULTING A GUNSMITH. SEE PICTURES FOR CONDITION AND DETAILS

The story of the Nepalese "Gahendra Martini" is a complicated one. In the late 19th Century the famed Gurkha regiments of Nepal, requiring a modern rifle, turned to their British allies for help. The British, not wanting "colonials" to have the latest pattern of rifle instead provided a pre-Martini prototype rifle based on a Peabody action, which was in-turn likely based on a Westley Richards Enfield conversion.

The Nepalese, under the supervision of General Gahendra Shumsher, made substantial changes to the design. While the design resembles a Martini, the action is Peabody-based, the rifling is based on a Henry pattern, and several additions were uniquely Nepalese, including the odd sling swivels, trigger guard/lever, and strange hand-marked rear sight.

These rifles were practically hand built, and were produced primarily in the 1880s and were replaced in 1894 by British surplus Martini rifles.  These laid in storage for more than 100 years in Katmandu, at the Old Palace of Lagan Silekhana, before they began to be imported into the country. Caliber is .450/577 Martini Henry.

The one available for sale is in better condition than most. It should be noted that these rifles were comparitively crude when new. All of the original hand-engraved and stamped markings are crisp, metal parts are in exceptional condition compared to other examples of this model. Wood is solid with a few places where it appears repairs were made in Nepal by filing and smoothing rough spots to keep gouges from spreading. Original screws were hand-made and are inconsistent in size, shape and thread pattern. Rifling has some pitting but is still strong.

This example is in finer condition than many selling for a lot more through various importers.




WARNING: We will not ship antique cartridge rifles directly to Canada, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Massachusets, Rhode Island, Delaware or New Jersey, Illinois, Washington State, Michigan or Maryland. We will ship to New York with the exception of ; New York City; Bronx, Kings, Staten Island, Manhattan, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond, Long Island. We will ship to California with the exceptions of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County, San Francisco, Santa Ana, Berkeley, Tiburon, Carson, Sacramento, Oakland,  Orange County, Marin County, Loyo County, Contra Costa County, Ventura County, or Napa County, except to an FFL dealer. 

We will send to FFL holders in any of the listed states and regions except New Jersey.

All antiques sold as-is, no refunds or returns. Additional photos can be requested for questions of markings, condition, or to answer any other questions. Information provided is based on our best research. Do not fire any antique weapon without having that weapon inspected by a licensed gunsmith. Other questions can be answered by calling 205-533-8595. PLEASE INSURE ALL ITEMS AS THEY ARE IRREPLACEABLE AND WILL NOT BE REFUNDED OR REPLACED.


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