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Original Nepalese Gahendra Martini-Henry Rifle (577/450) Smoothbore: Cleaned and Complete Condition

Regular price $349.95

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Original Item: The price is affordable; the history is priceless. Manufactured before 1898 and therefore no Firearms License or Permit of any kind are required to purchase this incredible piece of history. The Martini-Henry Gahendra was based on an 1869 Westley Richards patented design, this unique and extremely rare early breechloading 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 different about this gun and the other Gahendra we sell? These are smoothbore and have a different backsight. They are also much rarer. In total we purchased thousands of Gahendras from the Government of Nepal and fewer than 50 smoothbores are at IMA!

Every "cleaned & complete" rifle we sell has been taking fully apart, carefully cleaned, preserved, and rebuilt replacing any worn or broken parts by a master antique gunsmith.

NOTE: "Cleaned and Complete" antique guns are often cleaned to order, so these are not be available for same-day expedited shipping. International orders of antique firearms MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services (courier). USPS Priority Mail international will not accept these.

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