A .577 SNIDER / ENFIELD MK III TWO BAND SERVICE RIFLE MARKED TO THE MONTREAL GARRISON ARTILLERY, CIRCA 1869, issue no. 238,
with 30 1/2in. steel barrel rifled with five grooves and fitted with a bayonet lug at muzzle, block and blade front-sight and usual ladder rear-sight, the breech profusely Ordnance marked, the lock stamped on the tail with the Queens cypher of the Crown over V.R. on the tail and '1869 / ENFIELD' to the centre, regulation iron mounted full walnut stock, the right butt stamped with the Enfield 1st class roundel and the left butt with the Dominion of Canada ownership mark of 'D.C.' in a diamond and 'M.G.A / 238' indicating issue to the Montreal Garrison Artillery, the rifle is complete with its sling swivels, rod, and snap-cap, and having some fading original finish
Provenance: The Snider Mk III was a new made arm and fitted with the locking breech and steel barrel, over 17,000 Mk III short rifles were made at Enfield 1869 / 72. Due to the Fenian raids into Canada and fraught relations with the U.S.A. Britain supplied Canada with approx. 40,000 Snider rifles. Canada issued Snider short rifles to garrison artillery units
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament