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Sher Shah's guns among 23 pieces of Indian history go missing!

A total of 24 centrally-protected monuments and artefacts including rock inscriptions of Satna in Madhya Pradesh are untraceable. The list includes monument such as guns of Emperor Sher Shah at Sadia in Tisukia in Guwahati Circle and states in which the monuments were missing are Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Replying to a question, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Tourism and Culture, Mahesh Sharma, said Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has made efforts to locate the untraceable monuments through field offices based on old records, revenue maps and published reports. The minister also said that the National Monuments Authority has not submitted any specific report to the government on disappeared or untraceable historical monuments under ASI. Source http://rediff.com/news/report/sher-shah-gun-missing-6-other-things-we-learnt-in-parliament-today/20141125.htm

Some of the best Canon Museums

Largest and oldest Military Museum : Austria, Vienna
http://www.hgm.at/en.html

General George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership, Washington
http://www.generalpatton.org/

Imperial War Museum, London
http://www.iwm.org.uk/

les invalides army museum paris
http://www.musee-armee.fr/en/english-version.html

National Museum of the USAF, Ohio
http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/


THE ARMY HERITAGE MUSEUM: Shimla, India

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1. The Indian Army soldiers have proudly gone into battle in every part of the world & left their names etched in blood sweat. The spirit of the Indian soldier cuts across barriers of caste, creed, religion & emanates from ancient traditions/ heritage of our country.

2. The Indian Army's rich tradition is more than 5,000 years old. A glimpse of this can be best seen at the Army Heritage Museum at Annandale, Shimla. Set in glen, amidst towering deodar trees, the museum is a repository of the Army's Heritage & traditions & a source of inspiration for future generations.

3. The Army Heritage Museum was established by the Army Training Command in May 2006 at Annandale, Shimla to commemorate Himachal's long lasting association with the Army.

4. What to Look For.
(a) Army & the Nation                   (h) UN Peace Keeping
(b) The Indian Army Ethos                    (j) Arms & Armour
(c) A…

Huge Cannon at Bidar fort

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The Amazing Huge Cannon at the Bidar fort



History of fire arms links

The 'war raising' Rajput Regiment turns 72 today

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BANGALORE: April 15, 1942, Fatehgarh, the Rajput Regiment was raised by field marshal Cariappa. Today, the regiment turns 72. 

And ministry of defence's group captain Tarun Kumar Singha, chief public relations officer, Kolkata, features the regiment from Kolkata. Times of India got access to his article authored from Kolkata, and it reads: "Among all battalions of the Rajput Regiment, 17 Rajput has a unique place in present day history of the Indian Army. It was raised during the period of Quit India Movement in 1942. It was also among 10 other Rajput Battalions that were raised following outbreak of World War-II from 1940 to 1943." 

In so far as its historical significance is concerned, 17/7 Rajput as it was then known, was the only 'War Raising' battalion by any Indian officer who was none other than Lt col KM Cariappa, OBE, popularly called 'Kipper' who went on to become the first Indian commander-in-chief and later the chief of army staff. He was also c…

Historical Trivia: Snipe, Sniper, Sniping

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The Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) The term sniper has an interesting etymology dating back to 18th century India.   It comes from the common pastime of snipe hunting a hobby popular with British gentlemen who found themselves posted there.   The Snipe lives primarily in marshlands and is an agile, easily spooked bird with an erratic flight pattern that throws off predators and potential hunters.  This makes shooting them particularly difficult as such being a proficient snipe hunter became synonymous with being an excellent shot.    The hunting of the birds often required the hunter to move quietly, make good use of cover and patiently await his opportunity.   All qualities which are today recognised within snipers. Snipe hunting in India circa. 1870 The term is believed to have arisen during the 1770s meaning someone adept at shooting snipe - a ‘sniper’.  The term grew in popularity among British soldiers posted in India during the 19th century and eventually entered military par…

A Concise History of Tiger Hunting in India and Guns

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Persian Miniature of Mughal Emperor Akbar hunting tigers in India.
(Courtesy exoticindia.com)
Talking Tigers: Part 4 of a 12-part series India’s tigers have been in the crosshairs for centuries, with elite safaris dating back to the early 16th century. They rose out of Mughal Emperor Jalal-ud-Din Muhammad Akbar’s passion for big game: He began a tradition of  royal hunting, or shikar, that was carried on by Mughal rulers until the dynasty fell in 1857. Paintings from the period depict Mongol, Rajput, Turk  and Afghan nobility hunting from elephant or horseback. These outings were considered exotic, heroic sport—and tigers were the ultimate trophies. Staging elaborate big game hunts was also a favorite pastime for the British Raj that succeeded the Mughals, an activity that showcased their royalty, machismo, power and wealth. They took out tigers with reckless abandon, along with their Indian counterparts that ruled (nominally) sovereign “Princely States.” Kings and lords, generals, and M…

Shivaji's Navy & Shivaji, the father of the Maratha Navy - his object

Shivaji and his people had inherited a great military tradition, but the sea was a new element to them. There is no evidence in the past or in the history of the Yadavas of Devgiri of any attempt to build a naval power to rule the waves. Shivaji is, therefore, rightly hailed as the father of the Maratha Navy.

The coast line of the Konkan broken by many creeks, offered excellent shelter for ships, and the rocky islands near the coast presented excellent sites for naval strongholds. Quite early in his wonderful career, he realized the necessity of a strong fighting fleet for the peace of his country, the safety of his subjects, and the prosperity of his ports, which should not be at the mercy of other naval powers – the English, Portuguese, the Siddis, and Dutch.

A strong Navy, he knew, would ensure for the Maratha merchant vessels free navigation of sea and they would not be required to seek permission of Goa or obtain Portuguese pass-ports, which were given on certain con…

Cannon used by Tippu Sultan's forces at the battle of Seringapatam 1799

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Cannon used by Tippu Sultan's forces at the battle of Seringapatam 1799

Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/cannon#ixzz2pdHnFtTb

Workers unearth Tipu-British era cannon in Bangalore

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SURPRISE DISCOVERY: T.M. Keshava, Deputy Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India, examines the cannon and the cannon ball found at the metro worksite. Photo: Harsha Padyana Underground excavation before Victoria Hospital turns up medium rang weaponry Workers involved in excavating earth at the City Market underground metro site were in for a surprise on Thursday morning when they discovered a cannon and a solitary cannonball, believed to be from the 18th Century Tipu-British era. The construction site falls between Tipu Sultan’s summer palace and the Bangalore Fort. The iron cannon, 12 feet long, is estimated to be weigh between 1.5 tonnes to 2 tonnes. The cannonball is made of stone. They were found at a depth of around 4 metres from the ground in front of Victoria Hospital in Kalasipalya. The station work is part of the Namma Metro North-South corridor, being implemented by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL). Well cast The discovery of this late me…

Gunfoundry to be fully restored: J.S. Ifthekhar

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HISTORIC MONUMENT: Gunfoundry now a locality situated in the heart of the city is being restored by the Department of Archaeology and Museums. Hyderabad: No smoke, no fire. The guns have fallen silent. What greets one here is only an eerie calm and a crumbling structure. The place which was home to cannons and muskets may not boom again but it is sure going to witness a flurry of activity. The bustling Gunfoundry will soon have the hoary monument after which it is named fully restored. Already a major portion of the ruins of the foundry have been refurbished. Crumbling walls and sunken furnaces are back in place thanks to the initiative taken by the Department of Archaeology and Museums. Situated behind the Lepakshi Handicrafts Emporium, not many are aware of the importance of this foundry where cannons and muskets were manufactured once. French General, Monsieur Raymond, who worked for Mir Nizam Ali Khan, the second Nizam, built several foundries during 1786. But this is the only sur…

Evolution of the Handgun

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Source: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/345792077610360424/
Evolution of the Handgun

Four barreled Indo-Persian flintlock pistol

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Four barreled Indo-Persian flintlock pistol, possibly Indian or Ottoman, 19th century, the four barrels fully decorated in gold damascening with stylised foliate designs, the ivory grip with studded design 22cm.
 Source:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/345792077610719687/

17th centuary Indian Tamancha Torador

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Antique 17th century Indian tamancha torador (matchlock pistol), 25cm / 9.8in long, 14mm / 0.55 caliber. This is the worlds smallest known torador.www.bolk-antiques.nl

Guns used to train Civilians during 1962 war

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Guns used to train Civilians during 1962 war

Training of civilians during the 1962 India- China war

1962 war pictures by Life magazine photographer
Source: http://indiansforguns.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7486











Firearms for everyone: It’s so easy to buy a gun!

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A 10-year-old boy was accidentally shot dead by his 12-year-old neighbour while they were playing cop and thief in West Delhi earlier this week. On 24 September, 23-year-old toll attendant, Umeshkant Pandey, was shot dead by the driver of a white Bolero. His crime: he asked the driver to pay Rs 27 as toll tax. Gun crime has consistently been on the rise in India, and every few weeks, there is a new tragedy. An armed gang shoots a woman over a small piece of  jewellery, a disgruntled stalker shoots a college-going girl because she does not acknowledge him. The common denominator is easy access to firearms.  Anyone can be armed and dangerous these days. All it takes is a little money — and not as much as you'd think. India reportedly accounts for 40 million firearms, of which only 5.5 million are licensed and in civilian hands. We have the second-highest total in the world, after the US, though it amounts to only four 4 for every 100 people in India compared to 90 guns for every 100 …

katta, ghoda, tamancha: country made guns

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Firearm made in the villages in India, variously called katta, ghoda, tamancha, etcThis is the variety (country made guns)
Source: http://defence.pk/threads/guns-of-pakistan.196393/



315 boredesi tamancha
Source:
http://particularlyinterested.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/the-invincible/

Will the owner of this antique musket please stand up?

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Believed to be from 1850s, Rs 3.17 lakh firearm cops seized from chain-snatching suspect last week has no claimant yet

The rightful owner of an antique musket seized by the police from a chain-snatching suspect last Wednesday remains a matter of conjecture as no individual or institute has come forward to claim it.

No one to fire:Though the suspect had confessed to stealing the musket
from Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal, the  research institute in Sadashiv
Peth, has denied the firearm was stolen from it


The suspect had confessed to stealing the over-150-year-old firearm from Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal, a reputable research institute in Sadashiv Peth, during an exhibition there in November 2009. But the institute denied the musket was stolen from it.

The institute also said to the police that if they wanted to hand over the historical firearm to it, the institute would be ready to take care of it. Worth Rs 3.17 lakh, the seized firearm is believed to be much older than 1857 uprising th…

Gangs of Wasseypur: Poster

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Gangs of Wasseypur: Poster

British-era cannon balls found in Hyderabad

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july 20 2013

As many as 75 cannon balls belonging to the 18th century were recovered from an open plot near Sulthanshahi playground here, police said. After getting the information, the Commissioner’s Task Force, recovered 75 cannon balls belonging to the Nizam, British era, which were found during the digging works on a plot, belonging to one Mohammad Bin Abdullah. The cannon balls were handed over to the director of Archeological Survey of India at Koti for further action.
Source: http://m.newindianexpress.com/hyderabad/19008