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The matchlock torador
musket from India can be considered a Gurkha gun in two ways. First, it is probably typical of the firearms carried by the Nepalese army before they acquired advanced flintlock technology from the British. Second, and probably more likely the case with this specimen, they made up a considerable part of the weaponry used against the British during the Sepoy Mutiny, in which the Gorkha troops of Jung Bahadur Rana proved invaluable against the rebels.
Newly acquired, this is an interesting carbine length torado
r with an atypical Western-style trigger assembly which works well and appears to have some age. Bore almost 1" at the flared muzzle. Old mother of pearl inlays, bone butt plate, the various parts possibly collected from several donors at some time in the past.
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The previous owner just emailed me as follows:
I had had the gun for several years and one day I decided to see how far back the breech was from the muzzle. When I ran a rod down the bore, it stopped well short of the breech and it didn't have the sound you would expect when it hit bottom. I got out a worm and started digging and found that the darned thing was still loaded. I dug out some very dry bits of paper that was serving as an over shot wad. Then I dug out a bunch of corroded shot. It was so corroded that it was just a mass of granular white gunk but could be recognized as having been lead shot at one time a long time ago. Following the corroded shot, there was more dry crumbled paper and then I dug out the original powder charge. I dug it out and emptied it onto a piece of newspaper. I took it outside and struck a match to it to see if it would still burn.....it did, in a big poof. I was amazed to find that it had been loaded all those years.