.577” Ordnance issue Snider MkII** three band rifle by the London Armoury Company.



.577” Ordnance issue Snider MkII** three band service rifle dated 1863 by the London Armoury Company. Lock fitted with correct cupped face hammer is engraved with Crowned VR to the tail with 1863 L.A.Co. to the front of the hammer next to broad arrow ordnance ownership mark. Walnut stock with regulation pattern brass furniture and early pattern square section jag head Snider clearing rod to the underside is struck to the right hand side with an LAC roundel over a first class arms mark and 9 A 1 to the left. Ordnance proofed barrel is rifled with three grooves on the Minnie principal and is fitted with a ladder rear sight graduated to 950 yards. Ordnance proofed Snider MkII** shoe and block struck with a London Small Arms Co trade mark to the top of the breech block for conversion under ordnance contract by the LSA Co. Designed as a stop gap weapon, converted from Pattern 1853 muzzle loaders, in this case an interchangeable 4th model Patt ‘53 rifle musket by the LAC, the Snider was intended to serve with the army until the purpose built Martini Henry breech loader could be developed and manufactured. In the end the Snider was to be the front line weapon of the army for well over 10 years and in fact saw as long a service as the Martini did in the end. The MkII** with the cupped hammer and stepped extractor being the definitive converted issue variant of the rifle. In fine condition with very good bore and mechanics, a nice sharp stock and much blue finish turning to brown with age. A very good example of a classic mid / late Victorian British army issue weapon.

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