Original Item: The first British Percussion Military Rifle to succeed the famous Baker Flintlock Rifle of the Napoleonic era was originally intended to have eleven-groove rifling. However, this Hanovarian design was rejected in favor of what became the standard Two Groove "Belted Ball" .704 Cal. rifle, a design copied from the military of the Duke of Brunswick, a German cousin of Queen Victoria.
Our "Brunswicks" were manufactured by the East India Company and Nepalese armorer using a mix of British and locally made parts they were issued exclusively to the British Home Army and the Indian Army rifle regiments. India at the time was under the authority of the Honorable East India Company and these percussion rifles were used to great effect in Britain's expanding Colonial empire. Originally adopted in 1837 using a back action percussion system, this was updated in 1847 to a percussion side lock system, and then surpassed in 1853 with the adoption of the p-1853 Percussion Rifled Musket, which became the standard for the entire British Military.
Our Brunswick rifles date from the earlier back action design. That design included the following when they were originally issued: 30' 2 groove rifled barrel, back action percussion lock, full stocked wood stock mounted with all brass furniture including trigger guard, butt plate, ram rod pipes and brass patch box in the butt, flip rear sight, and heavy steel bayonet bar on the right side of the barrel to carry a brass hilted sword bayonet. An important part of British Colonial History, this classic Brunswick p-1837 percussion rifle saw service throughout the empire. Comes complete with Colonial issue Brunswick brass hilted bayonet with knuckle guard (regrets, no scabbard available).
These 160+ year-old Rifles and Sword Bayonets are TOTALLY untouched and offered in AS IS condition for you to enjoy!
What does “Untouched Condition” mean? OK, this is exactly what we are offering: Genuine pre-1898 Nepalese manufactured P-1837 Brunswick Two Groove Rifles that have laid undisturbed for well over 100 years in far from perfect storage conditions in the Old Palace of Lagan Silekhana in Katmandu, Nepal. Our DVD of "TREASURE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT" shows these very weapons as we found them and the story behind them.
What you will get:
• New Made Brass Butt Plate (fitting required)
• New Made Brass Patch Box Cover (fitting required)
• Brass Trigger Guard (may be incomplete, cracked)
• Stock [May have Cracks, Missing Chunks, Old repairs, Wood Rot]
• Cleaning Rod
What you might not get:
• Screws [Sling Swivel, Butt Plate, Lock, etc]
• Brass Nose Cap
• Sling Swivel
• Barrel Pins
• Other bits…
• Will show Rust
• Will be Covered in filth
• May not operate
• May be incomplete
• Stock may be broken or cracked
• May be frozen in grime
However, EVERY rifle WILL BE 100% GENUINE!
We ask you to look closely at the photographs, the example photographed here is a typical gun that could expect to receive, read reviews, both good and bad, and only then place an order understanding what you are likely to receive. We want Educated Aware Customers. If it isn't what you expect, that is fine, return it (before you attempt any restoration or cleaning) and the full gun purchase price will be refunded to you, however the customer will pay shipping both ways. We cannot exchange guns and will not get into an exchange situation, so please do not ask.
We are not trying to sell you an incomplete weapon and then sell you the missing parts. We will do our best to make sure it is complete as possible. One day we will also sell replacement parts, but that is in the distant future.
We are not trying to frustrate you; we are trying to fill a void in the marketplace for genuine but affordable rare and unique antique weapons so that collectors and historians of all backgrounds can enjoy a genuine part of history.
These should be viewed as “project” guns, work on it with your Son or Grandson, clean it up, hang it over your mantle, or don’t clean it, they are impressive anyway you see them. The price is affordable; the history is priceless.
If you want to shoot it, DON’T! If you still want to shoot it, take it to a licensed GUNSMITH first. These are 160+ year-old hand made guns, be very careful, IMA sells these for display purposes only, they are not intended to be fired. Please buy our products, but do read the reviews and descriptions first. We feel you will agree that the recovery of old weapons from Nepal was a milestone for the collecting fraternity and we hope you enjoy a genuine antique weapon that has never been touched by any other collector than you.
NOTE: International orders of antique firearms MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services (courier). USPS Priority Mail international will not accept these.
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- Legal Information
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.
Pre-1899 Manufacture, no licenses required, allowed to ship to almost any deliverable address across the globe. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services.
- Great addition to my IMA Collection Review by Monkey Paws
Quality Price Value
I received my P1837 Brunswick last week and after cutting through the bomb proof packing I was rewarded with a nearly complete Brunswick. The only missing item was an easily replaced rear sight. the wood is in really good shape except for some longitudinal cracks which have been repaired with epoxy. There was almost no rot in the wood and anything I found was fixed on the spot. the nipple was damaged so I re-threaded the bolster to accept modern nipples. the barrel has very little external pitting and the bore is bright and shiny after removing an inch of mud. The rifling in these barrels were hand cut so I am not sure if I will be able to shoot banded balls. The lock cleaned up and looks new and works great. This project is for someone with intermediate experience at restorations. This is my forth IMA untouched gun and I could not be happier. Keep up the good work IMA. My Model F musket will be next.
(Posted on 8/5/16)
- another great gun from IMA Review by robbo
Price Value Quality
I have many IMA guns now, Snider, Model F, Brown Bess, Brunswick pattern musket and the 1837 Brunswick rifle the one I love the most, I have organised a cast of the barrel and am ordering a mould to shoot this one as well (I shoot all mine). The Brunswick cleaned up fantastic, it actions well, I cant wait to shoot it with the banded ball...every purchase from IMA has been a hit, Alex has been great to me down under.. I want them all...
(Posted on 10/26/14)
- Time capsule Review by Garry G down under
Quality Price Value
Picked up my 1837 Brunswick the other day ,what a gem only missing the rear sight I can live with that but fully intact will be easy to restore ,I have a good collection of antique firearms this is the jewel in the crown, thank you Alex and the team at ima.
PS, love your show in Australia keep up the good work these antiques are priceless
(Posted on 11/23/13)
- Pretty good for 150 years storage Review by Andy C
Quality Price Value
Arrived a couple of days ago and delighted. Missing only the end cap and forward swivel (both very easily replaced) and with the replacement box cover. Woodwork seems remarkably intact, simply showing the anticipated dings and damage from long storage and a bit of rough handling with one, repairable, split towards the barrel end. Bayonet has part of the hilt detached, but a bit of braising will quickly sort. All in all ideal for purpose and will clean up well.
(Posted on 11/19/13)
- Nice Brunswick P-1837 Review by Bob
Quality Price Value
I was apprehensive when ordering this rifle so lmany years after sales started. I was pleasantly surprised. The rife received is definitely restorable. The brass nose cap is missing and the butt plate and box cover must be hand fit. The only damage to the stock is a large piece missing on one side on the nose cap area.
This is my fifth untouched rifle and I have been pleased with all. There are apparently still great specimens available for purchase!
(Posted on 10/9/13)
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