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 breech block 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 one
Baddeley barrel band. The rear sight is of the ramp type.
The foresight is of the unprotected barleycorn type.


Dimensions: Overall length: 45.748 in (1162 mm)


Serial Number None visible


.577 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Barrel to left of sight: STEEL; Crown over VR over 1P; Crown over E over 10; Upward pointing broad arrow over WD; Crown over VR over crossed lances with pennants over 2P. Left of breech: Upwards pointing Broad Arrow over WD; Crown over E over 84 Top of breech: III Forward tang of trigger guard: Crown over E over 84 Lock: Crown over VR; Crown over 1870 over ENFIELD Buttplate tang: Upward pointing broad arrow over WD; Crown over E over 24 Left of butt: 3684; Enfield stores rondel.Right of butt: Downward pointing broad arrow separating W and D; H P Dreyser


Places Britain


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