Original Item: Jacob Snider, an American from New York, developed this breech loading system for the P-1853 Enfield, the most prolific imported Percussion rifle in use by both the North and South during the U.S. Civil War. When the British Board of Ordnance appointed a Select Committee in 1864 the Snider system was swiftly adopted with the first breech loaders being issued in 1865 to British forces. Improved in 1867 by the use of Colonel Boxer's center fire brass bodied cartridge, the rifle was used very effectively in the Abyssinian Campaign of 1868. The system utilized a hinged breech block with an internal firing pin assembly that permitted the use of a self contained cartridge of lead bullet in cardboard, and, after 1867, brass casing. This highly efficient conversion system prolonged the active life of the P-1853 rifles up until 1871 when the Martini System was adopted. Snider rifles saw continued use throughout the Empire but were officially obsolete by the late 1880s.
These weapons are from our 2003 acquisition of the Nepal Royal Arsenal. Exact date and origin of manufacture are unknown. We suspect they were manufactured in Nepal under British War Department supervision. Although it is possible that some were unmarked British manufacture which the Nepalese then made their own.
These 140+ year-old Rifles and Socket Bayonets are TOTALLY untouched and offered in AS IS condition for you to enjoy!
What does “Untouched Condition” mean? OK, this is exactly what we are offering: Genuine P-1864 Snider type Breech Loading Rifle with Short Socket Bayonet that have laid undisturbed for nearly 150 years in far from perfect storage conditions in the Old Palace of Lagan Silekhana in Katmandu, Nepal. Our DVD of "TREASURE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT" shows these very weapons as we found them and the story behind them.
What you will get:
• Breech Block
• New Made or Original Brass Butt Plate (fitting required)
• 3 Barrel Bands
• Brass Trigger Guard
• Stock [May have Cracks, Missing Chunks, Old repairs, Wood Rot]
What you might not get:
• Cleaning Rod
• Screws [Sling Swivel, Butt Plate, Lock, etc]
• Breech Block Lever
• Firing Pin
• Brass Nose Cap
• Sling Swivel
• Barrel Springs
• Small internal parts
• Other bits…
• Will show Rust
• Will be Covered in filth
• May not operate
• May be incomplete
• Stock may be broken or cracked
• May be frozen in grime
However, EVERY P-1864 SNIDER WILL BE 100% GENUINE!
We ask you to look closely at the photographs, the example photographed here is a typical gun that could expect to receive, read reviews, both good and bad, and only then place an order understanding what you are likely to receive. We want Educated Aware Customers. If it isn't what you expect, that is fine, return it (before you attempt any restoration or cleaning) and the full gun purchase price will be refunded to you, however the customer will pay shipping both ways. We cannot exchange guns and will not get into an exchange situation, so please do not ask. We are not trying to sell you an incomplete weapon and then sell you the missing parts. We will do our best to make sure it is complete as possible. One day we will also sell replacement parts, but that is in the distant future.
We are not trying to frustrate you; we are trying to fill a void in the marketplace for genuine but affordable rare and unique antique weapons so that collectors and historians of all backgrounds can enjoy a genuine part of history. These should be viewed as “project” guns, work on it with your Son or Grandson, clean it up, hang it over your mantle, or don’t clean it, they are impressive anyway you seem them. The price is affordable; the history is priceless.
If you want to shoot it, DON’T! If you still want to shoot it, take it to a licensed GUNSMITH first. These are 130+ year-old hand made guns, be very careful, IMA sells these for display purposes only, they are not intended to be fired. Please buy our products, but do read the reviews and descriptions first. We feel you will agree that the recovery of old weapons from Nepal was a milestone for the collecting fraternity and we hope you enjoy a genuine antique weapon that has never been touched by any other collector than you.
NOTE: International orders of antique firearms MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services (courier). USPS Priority Mail international will not accept these.
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- Legal Information
IMA considers all of our antique guns as non-firing, inoperable and/or inert. Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 921(a)(16) defines antique firearms as all guns made prior to 1899. This law exempts antique firearms from any form of gun control or special engineering because they are not legally considered firearms. No FFL, C&R or any license is required to posses, transport, sell or trade Antique guns. All rifles and muskets sold by IMA that were manufactured prior to 1899 are considered Antiques by the US BATF (United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms). Therefore, all of IMA's Antique guns may be shipped to all US States and most nations around the world.
These antique guns are not sold in “live” condition. They are sold as collector’s items or as “wall hangers”. Any attempt at restoring an antique gun to be operational is strongly discouraged and is done so at the risk of the customer. By purchasing an antique gun from IMA you thereby release IMA, its employees and corporate officers from any and all liability associated with use of our Antique guns.
Pre-1899 Manufacture, no licenses required, allowed to ship to almost any deliverable address across the globe. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services.
- Nice Review by Mel
Price Value Quality
Received my Snider and started the cleaning process. NO parts missing. Yes, worm holes in stock. Stock had minor crack at nose cap but only noticed after I removed cap. Inside of lock looked as though it were made last week, perfect. Breech block needed some penetrating oil and gentle persuasion to get it open. All in all, I am pleased. Rifle was much better than expected
(Posted on 1/21/17)
- All matching Review by Eric
Price Value Quality
Took the rifle apart today to start the cleaning process. The rifle was all their no parts were missing, the stock was sound but did have some worm holes. Not sure how they number the rifles but mine matched receiver number was on the stock and the bayonet. Very happy
(Posted on 9/7/16)
- Good Review by Jake
Quality Price Value
I am 14 years old and I bought this. To say the least, it was very dirty and had a nasty crack but it cleaned up nice. Came with a broken sear spring and broken barrel band spring.
(Posted on 8/27/16)
- Good Review by Tim
Quality Price Value
My snider arrived in pretty good shape, no wood repair was needed on this one. Bore is perfect! Metal needed to be reblued, but that was no problem. Bolt was missing all parts, it had been stripped, but IMA was able to help me out greatly in finding some parts, the others I was able to make myself. It is now a beautiful rifle, wirh only a few dings in the stock to show its age. I will definately be buying again. I'm addicted at this point!
(Posted on 7/2/16)
- A worthy purchase Review by Joe
Quality Price Value
When the rifle arrived, it certainly looked like it had been stored forever. The breech opened right up, though and was clean inside. The rifle has cleaned up well. Some worm holes in the stock but it has not effected the stock itself much. The rifle I received is a six groove model with a pretty fast twist. I have not fired it yet, but I wouldn't hesitate to do so as the rifling looks new. The chamber and breech are likewise in excellent shape.. There was only one or two spots of pitting on the barrel and they were not bad.
So, even after IMA has had these rifles lo these many years, there are still good ones available as long as you are willing to do some clean up on them.
In short, recommended, even if only for a wallhanger.
(Posted on 6/30/16)
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