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 obsoleted by the late 1880s.
These examples are complete and all original, each has the following features; 39" barrel with the signatures three steel bands, brass trigger guard, cleaning rod, functioning lock with nipple, adjustable ladder-back sight, and brass butt plate. Overall condition good to very good. A very rare opportunity to own a significant piece of military history that greatly affected wars on three continents.
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.
The gun photographed is a typical example not the gun you will get, however, you will get one in similar or better condition.
Comes complete with Socket Bayonet (apologies, no scabbard available at this time).
*Note: Although, each rifle has been cleaned and resorted to mechanically functioning condition; it does not mean that IMA recommends these for shooting. In fact, anyone interested in shooting this 150+ year-old weapon should have his gun evaluated and prepared by a licensed gunsmith. IMA does not guarantee the operational function and does not recommend anyone attempt shooting this weapon.
NOTE: "Cleaned and Complete" antique guns are often cleaned to order, so these may not be available for same-day expedited shipping. 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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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.
- Outstanding Review by Dan
Price Value Quality
I received my snider, I paid the extra $75.00 to get a hand select it was worth every penny. the guns stock is perfect no dings or scratches it looks brand new. After I ran several patches thru the bore I Was very surprised at its condition. It looks like it is new and just came from factory. I will write another review after I shoot it. PS Thank you very much Jamie.
(Posted on 1/13/17)
- My first Snider for IMA Review by Rosanna
Quality Price Value
The rifle was shipped very quickly. I was impressed on how nice it looked. Other than a few bangs on the wood and a tight breech, the rifle is in fantastic shape. With the bayonet, its taller than I am. No pitting or rust that I can see. Well worth the extra money to have one that is cleaned by a professional. (I don't think I could clean one that well.) After a good inspection I hope to see how well it shoots.
(Posted on 7/26/16)
- Good item! Review by Orfgimp
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Got one of these some time ago and was quite pleased. Unpacked it to the backround of regimental music. My Snider had excellent wood, metal and bore, a shooter , to be sure. Take advantage of these Nepal finds. A once in a lifetime event. I plan to purchase other items offered.
(Posted on 3/7/16)
- Nice! Review by Ron T
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Ordered hand select on Wednesday and received it on Friday of the following week. Great condition. No rust or corrosion and the stock was nice. A few small dings on the stock for character but no worm holes or unsightly damage. It's amazing that these survived in such great shape considering the storage conditions they were subject to. Everything works but I probably won't be firing it....well, maybe I might at some point after having it checked out. It will be on display above one of our fireplaces, either in the living room or in the kitchen. Haven't decided which one yet.
(Posted on 5/9/15)
- Very pleased Review by Jordan
Price Value Quality
Ordered a cleaned & complete Snider on a Monday and it arrived Friday the next week into Canada.
Very happy with the item itself. The stock has a few dings but that's nothing I worry about, considering it's age and storage conditions in Nepal.
What I'm very happy with was the condition of the breech block and lock internals. They were spotless, oiled, and especially in the case of the lock mechanisms looked BRAND new. Very good work on the cleaning at IMA.
Decided to go with a clean & complete because I didn't want to risk the hassle of an incomplete arm. Hopefully with a good teardown and proper safety inspection I'll have this piece live firing soon.
(Posted on 5/24/14)
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