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snider conversion?

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by murdoc rose, Oct 15, 2012.

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  1. murdoc rose

    murdoc rose Member

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    May be hard to tell from pics, I have not taken the wood off to see if there are any proof marks under it. All that is stamped on the barrel is a p and the numbers 65




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  2. Jim K

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    Not a Snider, but the same idea. It is a "tabatiere" ("snuffbox") conversion of the French Mle 1857 rifle musket into a breechloader. The conversion was done c. 1867 by the French to extend the useful life of their old muzzle-loaders. Later, the guns were sold to Belgian entrepreneurs who reamed them to make shotguns and sold them throughout the world, including the U.S., where they sold for $3 or so. They show up in the old catalogs; there must have been a lot of them as they still turn up very often.

    They have some curio interest, but seldom bring much in the way of money, usually running under $100 even in good shape.

    Jim
     
  3. murdoc rose

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    Thanks jim
     
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