Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider Mk. III

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider Mk. III

Date

1872

Object Number

XII.5286

Provenance

Presented 28th February 1986. From the donors' father's collection. 28th Febuary 1986

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.
A spring loaded locking bolt is found on the left of the breech mechanism. With brass furniture. Stocked in one piece with three Baddley barrel bands. Fitted with a sling swivel on the upper barrel band. The lower sling swivel is fitted to the trigger guard.
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. Barrel stamped STEEL.

Dimensions

BarrelLength36.5inches
BarrelLength927mm
OverallLength1390mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

0.58 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Lockplate stamped: LACo and the LAC logo. Barrel stamped: London proof marks.

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

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