Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading cavalry carbine - Snider Mk. III

Centrefire breech-loading cavalry carbine - Snider Mk. III



Object Number



Old Tower Collections. First registered in Bowyer Tower Store, Rack 20/A, 1992.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Standard Snider patent action with trapdoor breech block hinged to the right. The action is operated by pressing upward and to the right on a knurled thumb-piece which is found on the left of the breech block. The extractor is operated manually by pulling the breechblock backward against the action of a piston found on the right of the block. The cock has the superficial appearance of a percussion hammer but in fact works against a striker the downward action of which operates a centrefire pin housed in a hole which runs through the centre of the breechblock.
A nipple protector was attached by a chain to the trigger guard but is now missing.
With brass furniture. Half-stocked in one piece with two
Baddeley barrel bands. Two piece cleaning rod housed in the butt now missing. The rear sight is of the ramp type.
With leather sight protector.
The foresight is of the unprotected barleycorn type.
Marks Left of stock: H.J, R.J
Underside of butt: Crown over BR over 8, crown over BR over 18
Right side of butt: 2.C over B over 12.80 and 11 over line over 1881
Buttplate tang: Upwards pointing broad arrow over WD. Y over TTTS over 383.
Barrel: Crown over VR over 1P. Crown over E over 10. Upwards pointing broad arrow over WD.
Left side of Receiver: Crown over VR over crossed lances with pennants over 2P. Upwards pointing broad arrow over WD. Crown over E over 42.
Receiver: III
Stamped on underside of breechblock: Crown over E over I. 3453.
Lock: Crown over VR, crown over V over L.S.A. Co. over 1871


Dimensions: Overall length: 45.787 in (1163 mm)


Serial Number 3453


.577 in


Places Britain


I.D. Skennerton, 'A Treatise on the Snider',1987