BARNETT LONDON .577 Snider-Enfield TRAPDOOR Breech-Loading Infantry Rifle
British Snider-Enfield Conversion Marked with “WR” CARTOUCHE
Here we present an antique Barnett of London Snider-Enfield Mk. III Breech Loading Rifle in .577 Snider, made by Barnett of London, England. American inventor Jacob Snider designed the conversion for percussion rifle-muskets to be turned into breech-loading firearms. Britain had used the Enfield Pattern 1853 rifle-musket for a decade when breech-loaders came on the scene. Many of the major powers at the time faced a similar problem in that their arms suddenly became obsolete, and not wanting to throw over all their small arms at once, they converted them with this system. Despite being obsolescent in many ways, even at inception, this “trapdoor” style of making single-shot muzzleloaders into single shot breech-loaders lasted for several decades. The British Empire adopted this technology in 1866. Other nations soon followed suit, including the United States of America, which used a very similar method called the Allen Conversion to achieve the same goal. This lasted a surprisingly long time, from 1866 to the 1890s, not only with conversions but also with from-the-ground-up variants as well.
This example retains a “W.R.” stamp on the left stock flat. Also included is a standard Enfield socket bayonet.
The overall condition is fine. Strong case colors and blue finish. The action is strong. The bore has retained its mirror bright shine! The stock is solid all around with a well-defined grain pattern. Proofs and acceptance markings can be seen all around the breech. This is truly a stunning piece of history!
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Barrel is 36-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .577 Snider
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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