The Nepalese Gehendra is profusely marked with wholly unique chartecters in Nepalese script. Unlike the Egyptial rolling block rifles, whose markings differ greatly being for the most part regimental markings, these are all marked identically except for the serial number.
The script appearing above is formed into the upper back of the receiver.
The top line, which runs diagonally from upper left to lower right reads
"Sri 3 Chandra Shamsher Jung Bahador Rana" which is the name to the Nepalese Prime Minister who achieved independence for Nepal, (I am told the Nepalese equivalent of our George Washington). Sri 3 is a very high caste (5 total, 5 being only the King). The Rana family ruled Nepal as heriditary prime ministers from 1846 to 1951 with the King as a figurehead. The script suggests that Chandra Rana, as Prime Minister, bought the rifle.
The second line is numerals with the numbers being 1962. However, since the Nepalesse calandar is 57 years behind the Western Calandar, such a date corresponds to 1905 AD. Late for a black powder rifle, but this is Nepal.
The single charecter below that is a glyph for "Number"
suggesting that the charecters below that, Nepalese for 43, is a serial
number. Of the 8 such rifles I have discovered, all of these numbers
are 2 or 3 digits and although everything else is the same, these numbers
are different for each rifle.
The script in this photo above reads "Sundari Rifles" (beautiful rifle or beautiful regiment).
I believe it to be a reference to a specific regiment. The low numbers of these rifles made suggest arming no more than a regiment.
10/05/99 New Note!! An alternate
translation may be: "Sundarijal Arsenal" (In Nepal).
I am now inclined to believe that this is the arsenal's markings.
The rear sight is sighted in with Nepalese script reading: 100, 200, 300, 400.
Does anyone have any idea what distances these measure? British yards pehaps?
Let me know: e-mail Keith Doyon
Note the external differences below between the Nepalese Gehendra and the British Martini-Henry in the first photo (this is a Type II M-H for closer comparison) and the Westly Richards Peabody Martini-Henry in the next picture.
Nepalese Gehendra above;
British Martini-Henry, below.
The Nepalese Gehendra top,
Westly Richards (built for Z.A.R.) below.
The late model Westly Richards is a true Martini action.
Page built June 9, 1997
updated January 24, 29, 1999
Revised September 26, 1999
Note: October 5, 1999
Updated nomenclature April 30, 2007