Snider rifle

Sni´der ri´fle


n.1.(Mil.) A breech-loading rifle formerly used in the British service; - so called from the inventor.
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As this dandy of Melanesia leaped into the sunshine, the Snider rifle in his hands came into position, aimed from his hip, the generous muzzle bearing directly on Van Horn.
All were armed, some with Snider rifles and ancient horse pistols, others with bows and arrows, with long throwing spears, with war-clubs, and with long-handled tomahawks.
577 Snider--the "Cartridge Boxer Ball For Snider Rifle Pattern I" consisted of a Boxer-style coiled brass foil body enclosed in cardboard with an iron or brass base.
International Military Antiques has added to its "untouched" line a Snider rifle.
As an example, Snider rifles were widely seen in Canada for a good number of years after they had been superseded by the more efficient Martini-Henry in 1871--a situation not unlike that in India, where it was decreed by law that native troops were never to be issued arms as up-to-date as those used by regular British forces.
577 caliber because of the familiar Enfield and Snider rifles of the day, figuring that a shortened case suitable to revolvers would do the trick.
Here, stashed away and well preserved in this Shangri-La of a mountain kingdom were three centuries worth of British and Nepalese arms including Brown Bess and Brunswick muskets, Snider rifles and carbines, Sharps slant breech-type rifles and carbines, antique cannons and machine guns, and most intriguing of all, Model 1871 and 1885 Martini-Henry's stacked like cordwood together with all their original accessories and bayonets.
The cartridge adopted was a necked-down version of the earlier 577 Snider (actually, Snider rifles, carbines and ammunition were still being used by some native and auxiliary troops during the Zulu War).
In 1874, an order was placed with the British firm BSA for 10,000 Snider rifles and 1,200 carbines.