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The Bira Gun

Item: NB7000

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Gurkha issue from the Victorian era.
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Original Item: Purported to have been invented by General Sri Sri Sri Maharajah Gehendra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana (1871-1905) the "Bira" Double Barreled Quick Fire Rifle was no less than a virtual copy of the British Gardner Gun. In Martini-Henry .455/577 caliber fed from a double stacked 120rnd Pan Magazine the weapon was fired by a Crank Handle not unlike the American Gatling Gun. Interestingly, however, it required cranking backwards (counter-clockwise) which is supported medically, as it is more efficient, apparently, to "pull" than to "push".

These remarkable weapons were developed in Nepal in the late 1880s before Great Britain opened the flood gates with gifts of "modern" military hardware in 1894. Constructed of plate steel festooned with large rivets, the receiver and wheeled mount resemble the construction of Jules Verne's "Nautilus" from 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.

Similar in some respects to the American Gardner (especially in the reciprocating bolts), the internal mechanism of the Bira Gun is actually quite different in a number of ways, especially as it is hand-crank fired- but the handle is rotated counterclockwise, as this was found more reliable than the usual clockwise rotation of most other mechanical guns such as the Gatling gun and Nordenfeldt gun.

Only ever produced in very small numbers, fewer than 25 is speculated, these are extremely rare and a wonderful examples of Victorian firepower. IMA found a very limited number of these exceptionally scarce weapons in the Old Palace of Lagan Silekhana in Katmandu, Nepal which were included with the purchase of over 50,000 Antique Firearms from the Royal Nepalese Army in 2003. Now available, having been expertly restored to cycling condition for the Serious Collector; although mechanically functioning these items are offered as Historical Artifacts and not as shooting weapons.

Truck Freight within 48 States is included in price. Approximate weight 1200 LBS.
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IMA considers all of our antique guns as non-firing, inoperable and/or inert. Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 921(a)(16) defines antique firearms as all guns made prior to 1899. This law exempts antique firearms from any form of gun control or special engineering because they are not legally considered firearms. No FFL, C&R or any license is required to posses, transport, sell or trade Antique guns. All rifles and muskets sold by IMA that were manufactured prior to 1899 are considered Antiques by the US BATF (United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms). Therefore, all of IMA's Antique guns may be shipped to all US States and most nations around the world. These antique guns are not sold in “live” condition. They are sold as collector’s items or as “wall hangers”. Any attempt at restoring an antique gun to be operational is strongly discouraged and is done so at the risk of the customer. By purchasing an antique gun from IMA you thereby release IMA, its employees and corporate officers from any and all liability associated with use of our Antique guns.