Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider

Date

1860

Object Number

XII.9891

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.
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 bayonet bar is attached on the right side of the barrel.
The fore sight is an unprotected barleycorn.
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, TOWER Stamped on the left of the barrel below the rear sight: Crown over crossed sceptres stamped twice framing 25, addorsed R's, conjoined broad arrows, crossed sceptres over P, crown over E over 7. Stamped on Receiver: Crown over crossed sceptres Stamped on Breech Block: Crown over crossed sceptres

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

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