Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading military carbine - Snider Mk. II

Centrefire breech-loading military carbine - Snider Mk. II

Date

1864

Object Number

XII.9873

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 worked by manually pulling the breech block backwards against the action of a piston found on the right side 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 breech block.
A nipple protector was attached to the trigger guard by a chain but is now missing.
With brass furniture.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 106 cm.

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

.577 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Lock: Crown over VR; Crown over downward pointing broad arrow over 1864 over ENFIELD; 2 Right of butt: 186?; over Enfield stores rondel including R crown M, E over crown over 35 over Enfield.Barrel: Crown over VR over crossed lances with pennants over P; crown over E over 46.Receiver: Crown over VR over crossed lances with pennants over P; upward pointing broad arrow; crown over E over 48.

Associations

Notes

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