BRITISH Antique SNIDER-ENFIELD Mk II** .577mm Cal. Breech Loading CARBINE
CONVERSION of a PATTERN 1853 ENFIELD
Here we present an antique British MKII** Snider Enfield Rifle, originally made circa the late 1850s before being updated via the Snider system circa 1870. American inventor Jacob Snider designed the conversion for 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 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, although when the Martini-Henry rifle came along in 1874, it began to supersede its predecessor.
The Snider went through three “Marks” and sub-variations. The Mark I and Mark II were conversions from existing rifle-muskets, while the Mark IIIs, which were made in far larger numbers, came about when existing stores of suitable 1853s and 1861s ran out.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is in good shape for its age. This example sports a solid stock with light handling wear. The left side of the barrel contain many proof marks. Legible markings throughout. “323” is stamped on the right wrist. Here is a very neat rifle that would have been the British counterpart to the U.S. trapdoor rifle!
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .577 Snider
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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