Object Title

Percussion muzzle-loading rifle - By William Greener

Percussion muzzle-loading rifle - By William Greener

Date

1852

Object Number

XII.1984

Provenance

Old Tower Collection. One of two rifles transferred from Enfield to Tower in 1891, both numbered 61

Physical Description

The rifle has iron furniture, colour case hardened. It is unusual for a British military rifle of the period in being fitted with barrel retaining bands, as opposed to the more common cross pins. The two lower bands are retained by broad flat springs let in to the fore end of the stock on the left hand side. The top band is retained by a cross screw and also holds in place a leaf spring over the ramrod channel to retain the rod (missing). There is a bayonet lug fitted to the underside of the muzzle. The foresight is a simple blade with concave sides. The rear sight is of the folding leaf type having pre-set positions for folding upward and a sliding portion for extended elevation. It is ungraduated. The lock is similar to the 1842 pattern and others converted from flintlock in that it more fully surrounds the lower portion of the lump than in later 1853 Patterns. The lock is engarved with V R flanking a crown and the date 1852 in italics. The outer face of the hammer has a flat on it and is secured by the traditional screw. On the top of the barrel is the maker's name William Greener, Birmingham and the number 3. The stock has areas of light bruising but is otherwise in almost as new condition. The iron furniture retails its colour case hardened finsih, as does the lock and hammer. The barrel is blued/browned. Rifled with 7 grooves

Dimensions

BarrelLength38.94inches
BarrelLength989mm
OverallLength1394mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

0.60 in

Inscriptions and Marks

On Barrel: no.3. On stock: 61 to rear of trigger guard tang

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

See XII.2977 for Rifle No.4 of the set of 6 originally submitted to the Committe. These rifles performed so badly that no record was kept of their shooting, and they were withdrawn early in the trials.