Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading sporting rifle - Snider

Centrefire breech-loading sporting rifle - Snider

Date

1860

Object Number

XII.9996

Provenance

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

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

.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

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

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