British EIC 2nd Pattern Side Lock Brunswick Rifle

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Original Item: Only One Available. Found in the Nepalese Cache purchase this is a British made and Proofed 2nd Model Brunswick Percussion Rifle for belted ball first introduced in 1843 (See "Small Arms of the East India Company 1600-1856" by David Harding, Volume 2 pages 182/183). This was adopted by the East India Company a full FOUR YEARS before the British Government adopted the same pattern in 1847. Once again Private Enterprise led the way for Government modernization.

This Rifle has been cleaned and restored by the renowned artisan Norm Sutton who has carefully brought this weapon back to its original glory. Norm documented this rifle’s restoration on his found at this link.

The original lock bears the Rampart Lion logo of the E.I.C. the barrel retains full clear British Proof Marks. The stock has been completely cleaned and oiled only the lid of the brass patch box was replaced, the original having been "harvested" by the soldiers for smelting the brass content. The barrel even retains original two-position folding back sight. Norm has completed the package by adding a new Nipple Protector and a replacement black leather sling of the Victorian style. This is altogether an outstanding Percussion Rifle which being the "Second, Side Lock, Model" is extremely rare; we believe that only two were included in the entire Nepalese cache.

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