Original U.S. Civil War Era British P-1853 Three Band Enfield Style Rifle- Untouched
Original Item: This is no “battlefield pickup”. The P-1853 .577 cal Percussion Rifle was also known as the legendary “Three Band Enfield”. This extremely popular and rare model was the first rifle to become standard issue in the British Army. The P-1853 changed military tactics with its capabilities; imported extensively for use in the U.S. Civil War. A very rare opportunity to own a significant piece of military history that greatly affected wars on three continents.
These weapons are from our 2003 acquisition of the Nepal Royal Arsenal. Date and origin of manufacture are unknown. We suspect they were manufactured in Nepal under British War Department supervision. Although it is possible that they were unmarked British manufacture which the Nepalese then made their own. These 140+ year-old Rifles are TOTALLY untouched and offered in AS IS condition for you to enjoy!
What does “Untouched Condition” mean? OK, this is exactly what we are offering: Genuine P-1853 Enfield type Rifles that have laid undisturbed for well over 150 years in far from perfect storage conditions in the Old Palace of Lagan Silekhana in Katmandu, Nepal. Our DVD of “TREASURE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT” shows these very weapons as we found them and the story behind them.
What you will receive:
– Lock (may be detached, but will have side screws
– 3 Steel Barrel Bands
– Brass Trigger Guard
– Brass Butt Plate (Original or New-Made. May be detached)
– Stock [Ma have Cracks, Missing Chunks, Old repairs, Wood Rot] – Cleaning/Ram Rod
What you may not receive:
– Screws (Sling swivel screws ,Butt plate screws, etc)
– Brass Nose Cap
– Sling Swivel
– Barrel Band Springs
– Small internal parts
– Other minor bits
– Will show rust and pitting
– Will be covered in filth and grime and require extensive cleaning
– May not operate
– May be incomplete
– Stock may be broken or cracked
– May be frozen in grime
However, every rifle will be 100% GENUINE
We ask you to look closely at the photographs, the example photographed here is a typical gun that you could expect to receive, read reviews, both good and bad, and only then place an order understanding what you are likely to receive. We want educated aware customers. If it isn’t what you expect, that is fine, return it (before you attempt any restoration or cleaning) and the full gun purchase price will be refunded to you, however, the customer will pay shipping both ways. We cannot exchange guns and will not get into an exchange situation, so please do not ask. We are not trying to sell you an incomplete weapon and then sell you the missing parts. We will do our best to make sure it is complete as possible. We will also sell “parts guns” and some original replacement parts. We are not trying to frustrate you; we are trying to fill a void in the marketplace for genuine but affordable rare and unique antique weapons so that collectors and historians of all backgrounds can enjoy a genuine part of history. These should be viewed as “project” guns, work on it with your kids or grandchildren, clean it up, hang it over your mantle, or don’t clean it, they are impressive anyway you seem them. The price is affordable; the history is priceless.
If you want to shoot it, DON’T! If you still want to shoot it, take it to a professionally certified gunsmith for evaluation and testing . These are 170+ year-old hand made guns, be very careful, IMA sells these for display purposes only, they are not intended to be fired. Please buy our products, but do read the reviews and descriptions first. We feel you will agree that the recovery of old weapons from Nepal was a milestone for the collecting fraternity and we hope you enjoy a genuine antique weapon that has never been touched by any other collector than you.
Below is a YouTube video posted by SCdigger. He is a real IMA customer. IMA was completely unaware of this review. SCdigger is not affiliated in an way with IMA and he did not receive compensation for any videos. (By luck of the draw, he did receive a nice example of this weapon). The video shows cleaning, restoration instructions and are very informative. Thanks SCdigger and please support his website: www.savinghistory.net
Years of Manufacture: Cirica 1860 -1870
Caliber: .58 inches
Ammunition Type: .577 Lead Ball & Powder with Percussion Cap
Barrel Length: Approx. 39 inches (varies)
Overall Length: Approx. 56 inches (varies)
Action: Side Action Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded
NOTE: 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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