Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading carbine - Snider Mk. III

Centrefire breech-loading 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 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 centre-fire pin housed in a hole which runs through the breech block.
With brass furniture.
The backsight is of the ramp type sighted to 600 yards.


Dimensions: Overall length: 106 cm.


Serial Number None visible


.577 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Barrel to left of rearsight: Crown over BP. Left of receiver: Birmingham proof mark. Left of trapdoor: Birmingham proof mark. Forward tang of trigger guard: 437


Places England


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