Original British Pattern 1864 Gurkha-made Snider Two Band Short Rifle - Cleaned and Complete

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a lovely example of a Two Band Pattern 1864 Snider short rifle, made at the NAKKU ARSENAL in KATHMANDU under British Supervision. In the 19th early 19th century much British assistance, Nepal created its own Military quality Arms Industry based at Nakku. The Nepalese had originally been armed with match locks when the Gurkha armies invaded India in 1813. After the Treaty of Seguli in 1816 the British provided Military technicians to bring the Nepalese army into the modern world. They started by producting the Third Model Brown Bess (India Pattern). The P-1837 Brunswick Rifle followed, and then the P-1853 Percussion Rifle Musket and then to the Snider Rifle of the 1860's and 1870's. They later produced several Martini action rifles and even Metford and S.M.L.E. bolt action Rifles for WWI.

Two Band Short Snider Rifles such as this fine example were used by Gurkha Infantry Mountain troops, issued in .577 caliber and fitted with original 26.5" barrels secured by only two steel barrel bands. Correct short pattern includes a ladder back sight with the brass fittings, checkered wrist stock, with an overall length only 45". These scarce short infantry rifles were issued exclusively to Gurkha Mountain units in small numbers.

This example has been expertly restored by our IMA master antique gunsmiths. It is sound, with no known flaws, and has been brought back to life to appear how it must have looked the day it was issued. The metalwork, as correct for the time, is in the white. Bore has a bright finish, with clear lands and grooves. In the entirety of the Nepal cache find, fewer than 40 short snider rifles were ever discovered, out of 55,000 guns making this a stunningly rare rifle.

In excellent cleaned condition ready to display.

History of the Snider-

Jacob Snider, an American from New York, developed this breech loading system for the P-1853 Enfield, the most prolific imported Percussion rifle in use by both the North and South during the U.S. Civil War. When the British Board of Ordnance appointed a Select Committee in 1864 the snider system was swiftly adopted with the first breechloaders being issued in 1865 to British forces. Improved in 1867 by the use of Colonel Boxer's center fire brass bodied cartridge, the rifle was used very effectively in the Abyssinian Campaign of 1868. The system utilized a hinged breech block with an internal firing pin assembly that permitted the use of a self contained cartridge of lead bullet in cardboard, and, after 1867, brass casing. This highly efficient conversion system prolonged the active life of the P-1853 rifles up until 1871 when the Martini System was adopted. Snider rifles saw continued use throughout the Empire but were officially obsolete by the late 1880s.


Years of Manufacture: 1850s-1870s
Caliber: .577 Snider
Ammunition Type: Center Fire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 26.5 Inches

Overall Length: 45 Inches
Action: Side-hinged breechblock
Feed System: Single Shot

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