.577” Ordnance issue MkIII Snider two band service rifle by BSA 1872.



.577” Ordnance issue MkIII Snider two band service rifle by BSA 1872. MkIII lock fitted with correct flat face hammer is engraved BSA Co. 1872 under broad arrow ordnance ownership mark with Crowned VR to the tail. Walnut stock with regulation pattern iron furniture including a Baddeley pattern snag free second band is struck to the right side with a BIRMINGHAM WD roundel over a first class arms mark and DC Dominion of Canada issue stamp to the left. A very good contemporary armourers / factory repair to the apron around the side nails and an inlet below the shoe catch to presumably repair in service damage to the wood around the release catch. Five groove rifled barrel stamped to the left side STEEL next to Ordnance proof marks has a Broad Arrow WD marked MkIII shoe with locking block. The receiver ring stamped III next to Ordnance proof marks and WD. Ladder rear sight graduated to 950 yards with reproduction clearing rod to the underside of the barrel. Purpose made as Sniders these MkIII’s were for the use of the rifle regiments and the sergeants of the line infantry regiments, manufactured once the available supply of muzzle loading arms for conversion had been used up. The last of the Sniders they featured an improved steel barrel and a positively locked breech block. Although intended as a stop gap arm the Snider was used by the army for 10 years in the end. Short rifles seeing service at the battle of Ashanti and with Garnet Woolsey’s expeditionary force to the Gold Coast. In good condition with good bore and mechanics having a tight lock up. Well marked stock and blue / brown finish to the barrel and action. A nice example of a regulation issue short rifle of the type keenly sought by shooters and collectors today.

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