Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider



Object Number



Old Tower Collection. First found in the Bowyer Tower in rack 21/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 by manually pulling the breech block backwards against the action of a piston found to the right side of the block. The cock hammer has the superficial appearance of a percussion hammer but in fact works against a striker whose downward action operates a centrefire pin housed in a hole which runs through the breech block.
A nipple protector was attached on a chain to the trigger-guard but is now missing.
With case hardened iron furniture.
Stocked in one piece with two barrel bands fitted with a sling swivel on the upper barrel band and on the underside of the butt.
An asociated full length iron cleaning rod found beneath the barrel. A bayonet bar is attached on the right side of the barrel. The fore sight is of the unprotected barleycorn type. The rear sight is graduated to 1000 yards


Serial Number None visible



Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on the lock; Crown over TOWER (these marks are dubious and probably intended to give a spurious value in commercial transactions).Stamped on the barrel: Crown over crossed sceptres twice framing the numerals 25 (the shot per pound equivalent of .577 calibre); crown over crossed sceptres; conjoined broad arrows; crown over VR; addorsed R's; crown over E over 7. Receiver: Crown over crossed sceptres. Top of breech block: Crown over crossed sceptres. Left of stock: Painted R 31 Attached to stock: A buff tag reads ' SNIDER RIFLE, THE FIRST SERVICE BREECH loader introduced 1864. This is the short sergeants model. .577 cal'


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See I.D.Skennerton, 'A Treatise on the Snider', 1978