Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider Mk. II

Centrefire breech-loading rifle - Snider Mk. II

Date

1860

Object Number

XII.9893

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 pullingthe 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 triggerguard but is now missing.
With case hardened iron furniture.
Stocked in one piece with two
Baddeley
barrel bands fitted with a sling swivel on the upper barrelband 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 visible

Calibre

.577 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on the lock; Crown over VR; BSAC over 1866; downward pointing broad arrow beneath a crown. Stamped on the barrel: Crown over VR over crossed lances with pennants over P; crown over E over 31.Stamped on the receiver: Crown over VR over crossed lances with pennants; upwards pointing broad arrow over WD; crown over E over 42; II** Stamped on the breech block: Upwards pointing broad arrow over WD; crown over E over 39 Stamped on the stock: B S A Co and 16 over B within a roundel

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

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