Original Nepalese Gahendra .577/.450 Martini First Model Rifle from Private Collection
Original Item: Only One Available. This came back to us from the Estate of an extremely enthusiastic Collector, who dived in at the onset after our importation from Nepal in 2003. He selected the very best and kept them undisturbed from then until now.
This particular Early Model known as the FIRST MODEL GEHENDRA, was last made in the late 1880s. Once Great Britain started supplying Short Lever Mark 2 Martini Rifles in 1894, Gahendra production essentially stopped. There were some "improved" models made after this, but they were very few in number. These were followed by Long Lever Mark 4 Martini Henry Rifles in 1904 and 1908.
This particular example of the FIRST MODEL, having been purchased as soon as the shipments arrived, is one of the very BEST condition examples we ever had. It operates correctly, with a functional ejector, and a strong dry fire. The bore is in great shape with clear rifling.
In excellent condition and ready to display!
More on the Gahendra Martini Rifle:
Based on an 1869 Westley Richards patented design, this unique and extremely rare early breechloading Military Rifle .450/.577 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 evergrowing 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.
Years of Manufacture: 1880s
Caliber: .577/450 Martini–Henry
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 33 Inches
Overall Length: 49 1/2 Inches
Action type: Lever Action Falling Block
Feed System: Single Shot
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