The Armourer



Rarely see in Britain as yet, the Brunswicks are being sold by Internatio­nal Military Antiques ( for $450$595 in as found condition or $1,095$1,295 once fully restored. Bayonets sell for about $150, and a wide range of replacemen­t parts taken from unusable guns can also be obtained.

Overall quality is surprising­ly high, tests suggesting that the Nepalese guns are generally strong enough to withstand use – though the presence of impurities in an occasional barrel undoubtedl­y counsels caution when firing guns without first submitting them to proof.

Most Nepalese Brunswicks bear a number of 1-3 Nagari digits (only one has been reported with a four-digit number), but whether these are serial numbers in the commonly-accepted sense or are individual-unit inventorie­s is by no means certain. The illustrati­on of the numbers should help with transcript­ion. Unit markings are usually found on the triggergua­rd strap, though may occasional­ly lie on the butt-plate tang. They usually include a two-character identifier, a section identifier and an issue number.

A few guns have been seen with approximat­ions of the EIC lion mark on the lockplate. The execution can be crude, and, as some examples are clearly after-market additions, care should be taken. But an occasional gun could easily have been fitted with a cannibalis­ed, but genuine, EIC lock.

I’m keen to learn more about the marks found on these guns and will willingly try to identify them: just contact me, johnwalter@archivingi­

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