Nepalese Gahendra Martini Henry Rifle - Untouched

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Price: $289.95 

Nepalese Gahendra Martini Henry Rifle - Untouched


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Based on an 1869 Westley Richards patented design, this unique and extremely rare early breechloading "Military Rifle" in .450/.577 Martini Henry calibre was produced under the direction of General Gahendra Rana in the 1880's to provide Gurkha 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 removeable as one unit for ease of servicing or exchange. Production, however, caused massive logistic problems and by 1894 the Gurkhas 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 all other respects closely resembles the standard Martini externally. A chance to obtain an extremely rare historical antique rifle that was a close relative to one of the most successful rifle systems of all time.

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. There is a $10.00 additional shipping & handling charge with item, cannot be shipped USPS. Socket Bayonet available.

Each gun will feature:
The action, lever, trigger, stock (which may show signs of wear like cracks, old repairs, wood rot, etc), barrel, 2 steel barrel bands, cleaning rod and butt plate.

Some guns may have additional pieces (sorry no choice) like minor parts & screws.

Condition:
Usually show rust & pitting and be covered in dirt as originally stored.  Otherwise they may not operate because of seizing or could be otherwise incomplete.  Plus there may be additional cracks, missing chunks, old repairs.

Note: These guns were manufactured before 1898 and are therefore legally considered antiques. It is totally legal to own these without a U.S. Federal Firearms License (FFL) and they can be shipped to most countries around the world.






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1. David on 10/11/2013, said:

This is a good usally firable gun (Brass hard to find but is out there. You will have to had load) I have four of these and like them all. If hammer tip is broken they are fixable drill into install pin solder and shape. Gun properly restored has value
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2. Atlanta Cutlery Team on 3/11/2013, said:

Terry - There is no indication that you ever tried to call customer service to resolve any problems with the gun you purchased. Please contact our operators so they can resolve your problem.
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3. terry on 3/8/2013, said:

won't buy again fell apart trashed it
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4. Ronald on 2/13/2013, said:

Shipping was quick. Well packaged and covered with plenty of bubble wrap. Rifle was even better than I expected it to be. A few dings in the wood but solid. It came complete with all parts and screws but the firring pin spring seems not to function but can be replaced with a parts gun. Bore was in perfect shape no sign of rust. Rifle was covered in a thick baked on tar like grease but I guess this is what saved it from rusting all those years so I can't really complain. I'm very please with this purchase and will be buying another one soon. one small note, Acetone seems to cut right through the grease on the metal parts but I'm afraid to try it on the wood since I want to try and retain the original finish when it is fully cleaned.
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5. Charles on 3/30/2012, said:

Gun arrived as described...filthy and covered in grease. Disassembly proved tedious as the third restraining bolt was seized...I had to drill it out. The middle bolton the receiver had no head on it, so had to tap a new slot into it and then drill it out to accomodate a new one. The wood cleaned up beautifully with Easy off, a very nice grade of walnut. The outside of the barrel cleaned up beautifully, except for some deep pitted rust on the under side, which was to be expected. I have almost finished with the wood...just need a few more coats of Tru-oil. Reassembly of the action is tricky. Recommend putting the firing pin/level assembly in one piece at a time, and use a punch to line up the holes to put the screw back in. The action is extremely smooth, with a light trigger pull, much smoother than any of the K98's that I usually restore. Excellent buy!!!
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6. Ivan on 3/11/2012, said:

I have purchased about 20 and 95% are totally very good to excellent. I got a few parts rifles and other parts on E-bay and all will work and I intend to shoot each, once they are slugged and tested.
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7. Clay on 2/20/2012, said:

Covered in dirt and ash caked in what appears to be dried up oil but solid wood and metal. Action only opens partially but I am sure there will be a simple explanation once I investigate. I am very happy with this purchase.
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8. HENRY on 2/2/2012, said:

Maybe I got lucky, but there were no missing parts, only light pitting where the barrel meets the wood. Of course it was covered in storage grease and dirt as expected, but after cleanup the bore was pristine. Very happy and getting ready to order another just having trouble deciding which one
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9. Robert on 1/5/2012, said:

the Gehendra or Nepalese Martini was the sixth gun purchased from AC. It arrived in excellent condition as did the other five. I appreciate the personal contact and the way AC does business Rev. Bob
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10. robert on 12/26/2011, said:

DIRTY BUT IN EXCELLENT CONDITION BORE IS LIKE NEW WOOD IS IN NICE SHAPE ACTION WORKS VERY PLEASED
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