an1473a.577” MkIII three band Ordnance issue Snider infantry rifle by Enfield 1870.



.577” MkIII three band Ordnance issue Snider infantry rifle by Enfield 1870. Plain swivel link lock with Crowned VR to the tail is engraved to the front of the hammer 1870 ENFIELD beneath a Crowned Broad Arrow Ordnance ownership mark. Walnut stock with regulation pattern brass furniture and Baddeley snag free barrel bands is struck with an R-M ENFIELD roundel over a first class arms mark to the right side and DC Canadian issue mark to the left. Three groove rifled barrel struck with ordnance military proof marks next to STEEL is fitted with a ladder rear sight graduated to 950 yards. MkIII locking block Snider shoe manufactured by BSA with WD broad arrow mark to the block and mark designation III to the receiver ring. Manufactured from new as Sniders rather than converted from in service muzzle loading arms the MkIII rifles were required by the ordnance after the long delays (over 10 years) getting the new breech loading Martini Henry rifle into service. As a result the stop gap Sniders were Britain’s front line rifle for about 8 years. The MkIII rifle having the refinement of a positively locking breech block and a more durable steel barrel, but otherwise conforming to the earlier converted patterns. In good condition with good bore and mechanics, a nice sharp well marked stock and fading blue finish to the metal work. A good example of the desirable and relatively scarce MkIII Snider by the Governments Enfield Lock factory.

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