.577” Ordnance MkIII 3 band Snider by the London Small Arms Company dated 1871 to the Connaught Rangers.



.577” Ordnance issue MkIII three band Snider service rifle by the London Small Arms Company dated 1871 to the Connaught Rangers later reissued to the Tasmanian Government. Plain Pattern 1853 swivel link lock with Crowned VR to the tail is signed L.S.A.Co 1871 below an Ordnance Crowned Broad Arrow ownership mark. Correct flat faced MkIII hammer. Walnut stock with regulation pattern brass furniture and three snag free Baddeley barrel bands is struck to the right side of the butt with an Ordnance LONDON 1871 roundel over a first class arms mark next to 1 CT (1st Battalion Connaught Rangers) and opposed broad arrow sold from service marks. The butt plate tang engraved TG 239 for issue to the Australian forces of the Tasmanian Government later in its service life. MkIII locking breech Snider shoe struck with Ordnance broad arrow ownership marks and military proofed steel barrel rifled with three grooves on the Enfield Minnie principle, the barrel stamped STEEL to the left side. Ladder rear sight graduated to 950 yards with front sight bayonet stud to the muzzle. Manufactured from new as Sniders the MkIII rifles feature a positively locked breech block and a steel barrel to extend service life. Only 30,000 of the MkIII’s were manufactured by the LSA with the majority being made at the Governments Enfield Lock factory. In good condition with very good bore and mechanics, a nice well marked stock and much blue finish to the metal work. A good late model Snider by a scarce manufacturer that saw service initially with the famous Connaught Rangers and later in its life with colonial forces in Australia.

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