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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.


Customer Reviews

(16 reviews)
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Today I got my Gahendra delivered. And it was immediately a big surprise. The original sling was still present. The gun itself was in remarkably good condition. The wood had a few small cracks but no rot. The action worked smoothly and there came the second surprise. I found inside of the barrel a second cleaning rod !! There from its last use. The barrel has almost no pitting. I would give 6 stars if possible. Thanks AC.
Reviewed by Ronald  V
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Exceptional. ACC shipped my rifle next day after phone order. This proves that 12 years later there are still great Cache guns sitting there. It arrived filthy & covered in black preservative and was: - Complete - all together - functional - numbers matching - unit marked - VERY well packed I own a Martini Henry MkII, a Francotte & now a Gahendra. This was an excellent purchase from a trustworthy supplier.
Reviewed by Michael  B
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Four star was because I had to replace the rear sight ,other than that it was better than expected ,seems like every winter I get the urge to work on these old guns,I've done sniders ,martini henry now I'm working on this Gadendra and will be in the market for a Brunswick untouched next. Great service and the packing was also great. Thanks Atlanta Cutlery.
Reviewed by Owen  P
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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
Reviewed by David  C
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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.
Reviewed by Atlanta Cutlery Team  .
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won't buy again fell apart trashed it
Reviewed by terry  t
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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.
Reviewed by Ronald  E
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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!!!
Reviewed by Charles  G
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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.
Reviewed by Ivan  B
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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
Reviewed by HENRY  R
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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
Reviewed by Robert  Z
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DIRTY BUT IN EXCELLENT CONDITION BORE IS LIKE NEW WOOD IS IN NICE SHAPE ACTION WORKS VERY PLEASED
Reviewed by robert  d
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Very pleased with my Gahendra rifle. Small stock chip and butt plate doesn"t appear to fit this rifle. Good bore, minor rust and pitting. All parts there inside and out. Much better condiition than I expected.
Reviewed by Richard  L
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I recieved my rifle in three days.I disassembeled it wich is really easy if you go on you tube to see videos of disassembly The gun cleaned up fantastic ,the rifling was almost as new.No missing parts either.I cleaned the wood grease off the finist type scotch brite pad and Goo Gone.The pad is gray and are used mostly as for in between coats of varnish for surface prep.I followed up with a couple of products by Howards.One is a varnissh finish reviving this does a great job without removing the old finish.I then used a beeswax and oil to moisturize the wood.Metal parts I soaked in gasoline out side for a day and scrubbed with a brass and stiff nylon brushes.I really dont like to use gasoline because of its high flamability ,I would try kerosine instead.I left the gun original no re bluing just a good cleaning .I am very happy the way it looks and plan to buy the Infantry model next. Rick
Reviewed by Richard  G
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I've ordered and received two of these and have been more than pleased. It takes time to clean them up but the results are rewarding. Thanks A.C.
Reviewed by Carl  R
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WOW! First I need to thank the Nepalese Armorer or soldier who owned this rifle. When they put this one away, they gave it a light grease coat, covering everything. This rifle is near perfect or mint. It must have been new from the factory, then a shipment of British Martini-Henry’s came in and then the Nepalese just put the Gahendras in storage. It was black & sticky when received. I was able to remove the grease in 15 minutes and under it was light cherry red colored, perfect wood stock with the exception of 2 small nicks from recent handling/ shipping. The rifle is 100% complete, action is fine, no rust. The silvery, steel cleaning rod still shines like new. I ran one patch with bore cleaner down the barrel, brushed with .20 Ga brush, ran 3 patches with oil, and perfectly clean. It is probably smoother and cleaner than a lot of modern guns out there. Still needs more detailing, not cleaning. I’m just totally amazed by its condition. C. GREEN
Reviewed by Anonymous