Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider Mk. III

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - 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 cock has the superficial appearance of a percussion hammer but in fact works against a striker which operates a centrefire pin housed in a hole which runs through the breech block.
Converted from Enfield P.53 muzzle-loading rifle-musket.
A spring loaded locking bolt is found on the left of the breech mechanism.
A nipple protector was attached by a chain to the trigger guard but is now missing.
With brass furniture.
With case-hardened iron furniture.
Stocked in one piece with one surviving barrel band of three. The lower sling swivel is fitted to the trigger guard.
A full length iron cleaning rod is missing from beneath the barrel.
The foresight is of the unprotected barleycorn type.
The base of the foresight is square and acts as lug for attaching the socket bayonet.
The rearsight is of the tangent leaf type graduated to 450 yards on the bed and to 950 yards on the leaf.
The barrel is detached and loosely fitted in reverse.


Dimensions: Overall length: 54.331 in (1380 mm)


Serial Number None visible


.577 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Lock: 1864 over L.A.Co. Right side of butt below breech: I(?)CURTIS, inverted Broad Arrow over WD.Left side of butt: Conjoined Broad Arrows (x2). Underside of butt. WILTON Butt Plate: V over LI Left side of breech: *25*, crown over VR. Breech block: 3, Snider Patent mark


Places Britain


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