Object Title

Percussion rifle

Percussion rifle



Object Number



Presented by the Indian Governement, 1861. From the Indian Disarmament of 1859.

Physical Description

The percussion lock is converted from a flintlock by the replacement of the cock with a hammer and the steel with a pan-cover fitted with a nipple. The stock has a short fore end with a projecting, waisted grip, a chequered pistol grip and a flaring butt fitted with a trap and carved with a whorl at the cheek. The barrel is octagonal with eight groove rifling, a V-shaped rear sight, and is decorated in thin gold koftgari at the breech and muzzle with flowers and foliage. There is a single pipe for the plain wood ramrod, the end of which is missing, and the barrel is retained by two pegs to the stock. The rounded trigger guard and the butt plate are decorated en suite with the lock and breech strap with fine acanthus, the lock with a sun. Much of the original furniture, including the escutcheon and inlaid plaques, is missing.


Dimensions: overall length: 114.5 cm (45.1 in), barrel length: 74.0 cm (29.1 in) Weight: the gun weighs 2.9 kg.


19 mm (0.75 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

The lockplate is engraved LONDON.


Places England

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.283, p. 8.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.817, p. 26.