THE SNIDER VARIATIONS
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The Varieties Generally:
British conversions of the P1853 Rifled Musket (Type I and II)
New-Built British Sniders (Type III)
Subj: Blackpowder Military Rifles (UK)
Date: 99-10-05 08:12:30 EDT
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (John Baines)
A few notes on the Snider which may help:
There were five marks: The following were standard 3-band Enfields converted:
MkI - for original Pottet case - breech has rounded rebate for case rim.
MkI* - MkI altered to use Boxer case ie breech rebate altered to square.
MkII* - as per MkI* but built that way not altered from MkI.
MkII** - breech block design changed to strengthen.
MkIII - Purpose built, (not converted) with steel barrel and locking lug mechanism for securing breech, replacing the latching pin of earlier models.
PORTUGUESE SNIDER MK III .577 Cal. Dated 1875. Lockplate bears the Crown and “G.P." of the Government of Portugal. British made by “BSA & M Co.” “Snider Patent” on breech block. Complete with pin protector. Wood is V.G.+ Barrel retains most original blue. Tight crisp action. Bore V.G.+ In May 1873 Britain shipped 10,000 Snider Long Rifles to Portugal from government stores. This caused great upheaval in the gun
trade and in the House of Commons, which resulted in 10,000 to be supplied by the trade ie: B.S.A. With this piece is a copy of the article in C.J.A.C. Vol.36 No.1 about the Portuguese Snider, signed by the author. This is also the same gun, serial number 0413 featured in the article. This is a very rare British Military gun supplied to a loyal ally.
Page first sketched out April 16, 1999
some revisions May 7, 2000
Updated: Nov 23, 2021