Original Item: The price is affordable; the history is priceless. IMA is proud to offer this rare sturdy gun as an affordable clean it yourself untouched rifle!
The Martini-Henry Gahendra was based on an 1869 Westley Richards patented design, this unique and extremely rare early breech loading military rifle 577/450 Martini-Henry calibre was produced under the direction of General Gahendra Rana in the 1880's to provide Ghurka regiments with what appeared to be the latest British Military Rifle. An ingenious design, it really surpassed the standard Martini in that its entire action was removable as one unit for ease of servicing or exchange. Production however caused massive logistic problems and by 1894 the Ghurkas were dangerously short of viable .450 cal. breechloaders to face ever growing threats from the east. Finally the British came to the rescue with a delivery of several thousand Martini short lever rifles in late 1894 and even more long lever Martini Rifles in 1908. The over complicated Gahendra Rifle was thereafter basically shelved, the void in up-to-date arms having been met. Always considered the rarest Martini variety of all, the Gahendra Rifle has a characteristic loading lever but in other respects closely resembles the standard Martini externally. A chance to obtain an extremely rare historical antique rifle that was a close relative of one of the most successful rifle systems of all time for an UNBEATABLE price!
What does “Untouched Condition” mean? OK, this is exactly what we are offering: Genuine pre-1898 Nepalese manufactured Martini-Henry Gahendra 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:
• Stock [May have Cracks, Missing Chunks, Old repairs, Wood Rot]
• 2 Steel Barrel Bands
• Cleaning Rod (might be newly made)
• Butt Plate (might be broken)
What you might not get:
• Screws [Butt Plate, Sling Swivel, etc]
• Sling Swivel
• Sight Leaf/Slide
• Other minor bits…
• Will show rust & pitting
• Will be covered in filth
• May not operate
• May be incomplete
• May have Cracks, Missing Chunks, Old repairs.
• May be frozen in grime
• May have cracks and/or rot in wood
However, EVERY Gahendra 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) and the full gun purchase price will be refunded to you, however the customer will pay shipping both ways. We can not 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 seem 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 100+ 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.
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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.
- Overall Pretty Pleased Review by Bill
Price Value Quality
I am pretty pleased. Mine is probably a tad better than the one in the pictures. It appears to be complete (and the action even works which I understand from some folks is rare). The only serious wood issue is at the upper tang on the butt stock where a chunk is missing and some that is left is very punky.. Should be repairable if I take my time. Bore looks dark and like a sewer but there is rifling and it may well clean up. Chamber looks worse than shown in the pics but I doubt that I will ever fire this one (I have a couple of untouched Martini Henrys with mirror bores if I want to shoot).
I wanted a project to play with that would not over-challenge me. I think I got what I was looking for.
Thanks again IMA.
(Posted on 2/14/14)
- A Fair Deal Review by Antiques & Relics
Price Value Quality
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A RIFLE YOU CAN SHOOT, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU BUY THE CLEANED & COMPLETE ONE IMA OFFERS. I was in luck because I was not looking for a "shooter" but a winter project that would be an affordable collectable. That is exactly what I received. My rifle showed up in a box with LOTS of packing peanuts (I hate packing peanuts). Packing was totally over done but my only complaint in this review is that the shipping person put the bayonet around the cleaning rod witch resulted in a bent cleaning rod and a scratched fore stock ( I was able to bend it back into place). The rifle was just as IMA described it would be. The barrel was HEAVILY pitted under the wood line but the interior chamber and rifling was in good condition. The wood stock was in "OK" condition as it was not cracked but was heavily rotted around the areas where the pins that hold it to the gun go through. For the most part the rifle was complete except for part of the rear sight and the main bolt that holds the butt stock to the receiver tang was missing. I would highly recommend not forcing the action when you first get your rifle because there are a few small delicate parts inside that can easily break with too much force. After cleaning LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of dirt, grease and some minor rust I was delighted to find that the previously frozen action now worked smoothly. The bayonet that I purchased is very loose on the gun but is a sight to see when it is attached. With bayonet the total length is just under 6 feet! All things considered, I feel this was a fair price ($200 MLK Day Sale) and would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a project.
(Posted on 1/22/14)
- Hands on historic value Review by Mark
Price Value Quality
This rifle was complete and better than some of the reviews and forums that I have read. The firing pin, mainspring and eternal parts were dirty, rusty and covered in old grease, but complete and unbroken. It functioned fine after a good cleaning.The cleaning rod was pushed back into the forearm that caused a large crack and it was heavily rusted, into at one spot.The barrel bands were rusty with light pitting but they came right off. There is a fair amount of pitting under the wood line but the bore was clean and nice under all that dirt and cobwebs. I don't know if I would ever fire this rifle but I have enjoyed the challenge and well buy another rifle someday to have this experience with history again.
(Posted on 7/30/13)
- Outstanding Customer Service Review by Dennis
Price Value Quality
There are many excellent reviews of the Gahendra, and I concur with all of the positive remarks. It is remarkable to be able to obtain an historic artifiact-- and a weapon at that-- at such a price. I am very pleased with my rifle.
What I particularly want to call attention to in this review is IMA's stellar customer service. This has been commented on in a few other reviews, but perhaps not to the extent IMA deserves.
In my case, the Gahendra arrived without a butt plate. I called IMA. No arguments, no problems. My contact information was confirmed, and within a couple of days a package arrived. Not only did IMA send me a butt plate, it was attached to a complete butt stock! Wood for repairs and patch ups!
Where else, and with what other dealer does that happen in this day and age? IMA did not have to do that. But they did. These are quality people. They stand behind their word and their product. As I said in another review, buy with confidence!
(Posted on 7/19/13)
- Good Value Review by Richard
Quality Price Value
On arrival I was not suprised at its black sooty condition. On unwrapping the rifle it was complete which was more than I expected. On a negative side the action did not work and the barrel was very heavily pitted along the wood line. However with
unexpected foresight I had purchased a parts gun, the barrel and front stock of this was in much better condition.
I am sure that using the best parts I should be able to produce an excellent gun.
I was very pleased overall, and I intend to purchase another parts
gun in the near future to produce a second Gehendra.
(Posted on 2/9/13)
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