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

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. Cock with recessed face.
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. Ramrod now missing. The foresight is of the unprotected barleycorn type much worn down.
The rearsight is of the tangent leaf type


Dimensions: Overall length: 54.724 in (1390 mm)


Serial Number None visible


.577 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Lock: B.S.A. Co. over 1868. Breech-block: B.S.A. Co. and Snider Patent mark. Underside of breech-block 10 over B, 9 over B, 218. Barrel: 3 over B, 18 over B (twice) crown over ?, crown over TP


Places Britain


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