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An interesting early Snider conversion of a good quality .577” Minnie rifle with key retained barrel and detented lock by Beckwith.

£1650

 

An interesting early Snider conversion of a good quality .577” Minnie rifle with key retained barrel and detented lock by Beckwith. Border engraved lock with scroll engraved hammer adapted to suit the Snider breech loading mechanism is signed BECKWITH. Walnut stock with horn nose cap and two barrel keys is fitted with two rammer pipes to the underside with steel furniture and white metal escutcheon to the wrist engraved H C STEWART. Three groove rifled Minnie barrel with ladder rear sight graduated to 900 yards and bayonet lug to the front right is struck with feint Birmingham proof marks to the breech with barrel flat to the rear of the sight. Scroll engraved early design Snider shoe with solid breech block stop and no spring return to the extractor mechanism is struck with SNIDERS PATENT to the breech block either side of the Snider arrow trade mark. Break off breech to the rear of the action. Built on a very good quality military volunteer rifle which has many features normally found on a best quality sporter of the time including a detented lock and break off breech and apparently converted very early on in the development of the Snider in England. Presumably by H C Stewart who wanted the best rifle available to him and an early convert to breech loaders or possibly by Snider himself for sale, as Beckwith did much of the development and early conversion work as Snider perfected his breech to the point where it was adopted by the British army in 1866. In very good condition with excellent bore and mechanics, a nice sharp stock and old re brown to the metal work. An interesting early Snider with an unusual mix of military and sporting rifle features.

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Fultons Building, 
Bisley Camp, 
Brookwood, 
WOKING, 
Surrey         GU24 0NZ

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