Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider Mk. I

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider Mk. I



Object Number



Old Tower Collections. First registered in Bowyer Tower Store, Rack 20/A 10/2/1992, by the valuations team.

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 striated 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. The cock hammer has a recessed face. Converted from Enfield P.53 muzzle-loading rifle-musket.
With iron furniture.
Stocked in one piece with three barrel bands. Fitted with a sling swivel on the upper barrel band. The lower sling swivel is fitted to the trigger guard. A full length iron cleaning rod is found beneath the barrel.
Ramrod with circular section head.
The foresight is an unprotected barleycorn.
The base of the foresight is square and acts as lug for attaching the socket bayonet.
The rearsight is of the tangent leaf type.


Dimensions: Overall length: 54.331 in (1380 mm)


Serial Number None visible


.577 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Breech: Crown over AS Top of breech block: Snider Patent Mark and Crown over ASBarrel: 25 Lock: TOWER 1870, Crown (These two marks are probably spurious 'military' marks intended to give commercial credibility to a rifle of 'trade' quality) Rear sight block: 12


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