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Peter Mowitt
January 11, 2002, 09:31 PM
I'm placing an inquiry here thanks to the courtsey of Rich Lucibella. I am trying to help a friend identify a firearem that I have not seen, only had described to me by him over the telephone. It is apparently a carbine, possibly British. It is marked on the barrel MSA&CO 1875 Snyder (sp?)Patent. It is also marked C555 and there is an arrow mark. The butt plate is brass and is fitted with an opening in which there is a cleaning rod. The lock plate is marked with a crown above the letters GP.Can anyone help me.

Thank you, Peter Mowitt

Mike Irwin
January 11, 2002, 10:39 PM
Pete,

Without photos, and attempting to pull aside LOTS of cobwebs in the skull, it sounds like it MIGHT be a Snider Enfield rifle in .577 caliber.

This was a single shot rifle that used a breech mechanism not unlike the American Trapdoor springfield. Instead of flipping up, it flipped sideways, IIRC.

It sounds like it might be Canadian. They used these guns well into the 20th century.

Any chance of posting some pictures?

Harley Nolden
January 12, 2002, 06:16 AM
Pete:
Does this look like your rifle?