Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading military carbine - Snider Mk. III

Centrefire breech-loading military carbine - Snider Mk. III

Date

1863

Object Number

XII.9870

Provenance

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 breechblock 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.
Leather sight protector now missing.
Ramrod now missing.
The foresight is of the unprotected barleycorn type

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 45.748 in (1162 mm)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Inscriptions and Marks

Lock: Crown over VR; 1863 over ENFIELD; downward pointing broad arrow beneath crown; 4; Crown over 32 over 6; 11. Left side of stock below receiver: G.WRIGHT. Right side of butt: 2C over B over 4.81; 1881. 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. Stamped on receiver: Crown over E over 42; Upward pointing broad arrow over WD; Crown over VR over crossed lances with pennants over 2P

Associations

Notes

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