Model: Snider Enfield Conversion
Serial Number: NSN
Year of Manufacture: 1853-1874
Caliber: .577 Snider
Action Type: Trap Door / Hinged Breechblock Single Shot
Markings: The top of the breech is marked “Snider Patent”. There are various foreign markings stamped into the brass fittings, the trigger guard and butt plate, with which we are unfamiliar. Please view the pictures for these markings.
Barrel Length: 36”
Sights / Optics: This rifle is fitted with a blade front sight and a folding, ladder-elevator rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is an oiled wood musket stock, with an unfortunate crack starting behind the right sideplate, extending around the wrist and going forward on the left side all the way around to the right side of the gun at the forward action screw. This crack is apparently an old repair, along with one behind the forward barrel band and the top left side of the wrist, at the action. There are some additional nicks and gouges, but nothing major, other than the aforementioned cracks and repairs. There is a bit of a chip at the toe of the heel, just at the brass butt plate. Please see the accompanying photos. Overall the wood rates in about Fair condition. Due the difficulty of shipping these long muskets, we will package and ship to the best of our abilities, but cannot guarantee safe delivery of the already weakened stock. The new owner may need to conduct further repairs.
Length Of Pull: 13 15/16”
Type of Finish: Blue steel finish, turning to patina, but there is a surprising amount of blue finish left. The fittings are brass; the nose cap, screw mounts, trigger guard, and butt plate. These are in very good condition. The screws show considerable use, but all are functional.
Finish Originality: Original Finish.
Bore Condition: The bore is surprisingly strong; there is a bit of black powder erosion present, but the rifling is sharp, and the bore is very shootable..
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 20% of its metal finish. The barrel has turned mottled gray/brown patina with mostly smooth metal. The lock plate is nicely blue. The area around the receiver and hinged breech have turned brown patina with some scattered light surface erosion. The screw heads are sharp and not disfigured. The markings are clear and sharp. Overall, this gun rates in about Very Good condition, worse with the wood and better without.
Mechanics: This rifle functions smoothly and correctly. We have not fired this rifle. With a rifle of this vintage, we strongly encourage that it be shot only with original loads, and be examined by a competent gunsmith prior to use.
Box & Accessories: The original ramrod/cleaning rod is in place beneath the barrel.
Our Assessment: What an interesting rifle! The British .577 Snider-Enfield action was invented by the American Jacob Snider, to convert the vast stocks of otherwise obsolete 1853 Enfield muzzle loaders in the British inventory. It was introduced in 1866, and was used by the British Army until it was superseded by the Martini-Henry rifle in 1871. The Snider-Enfield was used by the British Indian Army almost to the end of the nineteenth century. This one is in good, usable condition, and the foreign markings on the brass fitments tickle the imagination. Was this rifle sent to some far off outpost at the end of the British Empire? Did it see action in India, Ethiopia, South Africa, or any of the hundred brush fire wars fought during the Colonial Era? This powerful, accurate long rifle was one of the more famous arms used by the Thin Red Line, and will make a very happy owner of the lucky winning bidder!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle is classified as an antique firearm and can be sold to anyone 18 years of age with valid ID.
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