M1867 Dutch Snider


GENERALLY:  In 1867 the Dutch Army adapted Snider action to its 69 caliber (17.5mm) muzzle loader.  It remained in front line service for only a brief time until supplanted by the M1871 Beaumont but was used by the militia to the very end of the 19th century.    Like other Sniders, the breach block opens to the right and contains a transverse spring locked firing pin which is struck by the original external hammer.

PHOTO:  The rifle shown is a M1867 Dutch Snider.

DISTINGUISHING CHARECTERISTICS:  The rifle is distinguished by its trigger guard with a flat back very similar to the M1871 and M71/88 Beaumonts.  The side plate, both left and right, are also distinctly early 19th century, similar to that of the Belguim Terssen, and somewhat similar to the Danish Snider, and nosecap is similar to the Belgium Albini-Brandelin.

INTERESTING BEAUMONT WEBSITE:    http://www.eddydebeaumont.nl/


Subj:  Dutch snider and Beaumont rifles
Date: 01-02-21 03:21:06 EST
From: mjcwillemsen@yahoo.com
Reply-to: mjcwillemsen@yahoo.com
To: KeithDoyon@MilitaryRifles(.)com

Dear Mr. Doyon,

I have taken a quick look at the Dutch rifles on your site. A few comments that might help with the Dutch part: 1. The Snider rifle was, as you mention, introduced in 1867 and was generally refered to as M.1867 instead of M.1869. The Dutch Sniders can easily be identified by the hollow inside of the breech block (reduction of weight). The letters P.S. on the butt mean: P. Stevens, who had a factory in Maastricht.

If you need info about Dutch rifles, don't hesitate to ask me.

Kindest regards,
Mathieu Willemsen
Assistant-Curator Modern Armament
Royal Dutch Army Museum.

With VERY special thanks to Jaco Cloete for all of the photos of the Dutch Snider appearing on these pages!


Page first built April 14, 1999
Revised September 24, 1999
Revised March 4, 2001

Updated: Nov 5, 2021