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1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion
  • 1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion

1864 US Civil War Rifle with Snider Action Conversion

Price:

£5,200.00


Product Description

A very rare 1861 Model United States Rifle Musket made by Hoard’s Arms of Watertown, Massachusetts.

The rifle has been then converted from a 3 band muzzle-loader to breech loader, by the addition of the Snider action loader. It is so rare that it isn’t mentioned in the lists of weapons used in the American Civil War. The rifle is dated 1864 on the lock plate and it is stamped with the American eagle and U.S. WATERTOWN. The Snider Breech system is stamped SNIDER – S - PATENT and probably dates from between 1864 and 1865. It has a similar but not identical lock catch that later appeared on the Snider-Enfield Mark III. The gun has a crisp working breech lock-work and hammer action. All iron surfaces are a dusky gunmetal grey patina. There are some rust black marks near the muzzle, but overall, the rifle is in nice condition. The barrel is numbered 545 on the side of the sights. The underside of both the barrel and the snider block is roughly engraved II VIII, probably by the assembly worker that did the conversion. Actual roman numerals encountered on muskets are typically reassembly marks. The majority of arms used in the Civil War were non-interchangeable so component parts were marked to allow them to be identified as belonging to one gun. The stock is a dark walnut and in good condition, without cracks or worm holes. The calibre is .58 inch (14.75 mm).

The M1861 rifle by Watertown is a scarce gun, with only some 12,500 examples produced. The rifle was converted in the USA, as Snider was American, but later probably sold off to France during the Franco-Prussian War. However, the only other conversion example of this rifle, that we have been able to find is in a ‘The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’, in Wellington, having been donated by the New Zealand Army. The number of conversions may not have been more than a few prototypes, given that the US Army went for the M1865 Springfield Trapdoor. The similar system Snider-Enfield saw action in the Maori Wars.

Please note that as an antique black powder pistol, this gun does not require a licence to own in the UK (other countries may vary), unless it is intended to be fired.

Size: 143 cm (56 ¼ inches)
Weight: 3783 g

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