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.
NOTE: International orders of antique firearms MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services (courier). USPS Priority Mail international will not accept these.
- Shipping Restrictions
This product is not available for shipping in US state(s) New Jersey .
This product is available for international shipping.
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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.
- Should have bought 2 more Review by Tim
Quality Price Value
Great service, quick delivery ,well packaged .Received a nearly complete rifle only things were missing was the rear sight and trigger spring no biggies for a 140 year old rifle. I was hesitant to purchase but I have no regrets. This will be my summer project. Very excited!
(Posted on 4/18/16)
- Great Review by Timmy
Quality Price Value
Received my gahendra today, very pleased! A few small chunks of wood missing and rear sling swivel broken but fixable. The usual rust pitting at barrel wood line, but....100% complete, tight and functional right out of the box! I bought mine on sale, WELL worth the price! I have already ordered a pair of francotti rifles with bayonets to keep it company. Oh, and get ready to clean yak fat!
(Posted on 2/16/16)
- Accurate description and prompt service Review by Kip
Quality Price Value
Friendly and prompt customer service. Rifle received was at least as good as the description, if not better. Have been very happy with all purchases.
(Posted on 10/5/15)
- How great is it that we can own a piece of history ! Thanks IMA Review by Pinky
Price Value Quality
The two gahendras I have purchased were what I expected as far as condition, except that one has a broken mainspring that I would love to replace but haven't found a parts gun to take it out of. I have several sniders and martini Henry's ,Brown Bess now these will be a welcome addition to my collection as well. Maybe I'm a hoarder and don't know it ?? Overall IMA is great !
(Posted on 3/10/15)
- 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)
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