Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading sporting rifle - Snider

Centrefire breech-loading sporting rifle - Snider



Object Number



Old Tower Collection. First found in the Bowyer Tower in rack 22/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. The nipple is missing.
With case hardened iron furniture.
Half-stocked in one piece with one barrel band. The fore sight is of the unprotected barleycorn type.
The rear sight is graduated to 1000 yards


Serial Number None visible


.577 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on the barrel: Crown over crossed sceptres twice framing the numerals 25 (the shot per pound equivalent of .577 calibre); crown over BP.Receiver: Crown over crossed sceptres. Top of breech block: Crown over crossed sceptres


Places Britain


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