Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider

Date

1860

Object Number

XII.9888

Provenance

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 is attached on a chain to the trigger-guard now lacking nipple. 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.
A full length iron cleaning rod found beneath the barrel, with a square head. 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

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

.577 in

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 BP; crown over E over 31. Receiver: Crown over crossed sceptres. Top of breech block: Crown over crossed sceptres

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

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