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 Post subject: Jezail
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:54 pm 
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While not a gun of the Gurkhas, the Afghan jezail was certainly a firearm with which they became well acquainted.
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A curious cultural amalgam of native and Western craftsmanship, the jezail typically had a British lock in a distinctive curved and decorated stock. Its long barrel was used by the Ghilzai tribal marksmen as an early sniper's weapon, being fired with a barrel rest from the high ground to devastating effect on British troops below.
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A scrimmage in a Border Station-
A canter down some dark defile
Two thousand pounds of education
Drops to a ten-rupee jezail.

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All of which is by way of introduction to my latest acquisition - an Afghan jezail:
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It has an East India Company flintlock of Baker pattern, made between 1819-1839. The lock could have been a trophy of the massacre at Gandamak during the First Afghan War, where a force of 690 British soldiers, 2,840 Indian soldiers and 12,000 followers were killed or in a few cases taken prisoner.
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Decoration is typical:
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This new acquisition is a textbook example of how the collecting mania can get out of hand. Earlier this year John Powell offered me the chance to buy a kamar, the accessory belt used with a jezail.
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I thought it was so interesting, I bought it to go with my Afghan choora
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so when I came across the jezail this weekend, I really had no choice but to acquire it.
Now I just need a salwar yataghan (khyber knife). And a flask. And a barrel rest. Oh, and an Afghan kukri.:lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Jezail
PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:11 pm 
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Hello berkley
Antique swords and weapons has the items you are after to go with the jezail a fine looking weapon
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 Post subject: Re: Jezail
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:45 pm 
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Lovely piece Berk! realy like its outlines

Id happily hang it on a wall,{if only... :cry: } I think though the man who carefully fitted the brass was a lot more skilled than the man who fitted the lock though.{Which for a weapon seems wrong way round?}{form follow function etc.}

So Perhaps the locks a later replacment ?

Not anything I know much about as a rifle, just looking at the woodwork.

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 Post subject: Re: Jezail
PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:58 pm 
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Very observant, as usual. Several members on the Ethnographic Weapons Forum believe that, because of the very large touch hole, it was originally percussion. No telling when the flintlock was substituted, but thankfully whoever did it used a genuine EIC lock rather than a Khyber copy. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Jezail
PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:47 am 
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Once again, the collecting mania has gotten the better of me. Apparently jezails are like potato chips and kukris - it's impossible to have just one :roll: .
Trigger arrangement and barrel are possibly salvaged from an Indian torador matchlock.
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This one is about the same size and caliber as the first, with a TOWER marked Brown Bess lock. Although it is not as well preserved, having lost quite a bit of its inlay, it has not been messed with and seems all original.
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My name is Berkley, and I am an addict. :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Jezail
PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:03 am 
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Good looking pieces Berk, enjoy!

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