Naval Rifle

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Title

Naval Rifle

Subject

Naval Rifle from the royal navy

Description

From the National Maritime Museum - Naval rifle. Brass butt plate with tongue on top, fitted with a brass covered butt box with a semi-circular end (hinged) secured at the back by a steel spring. Plain brass trigger guard with brass spur behind. Two brass ramrod pipes and a brass cap to the fore-end. A steel ramrod is fitted with a flat cap at the tip. The lock is a percussion backaction. The spur for the hammer is broken just above the hammer head. The barrel is iron, browned, fitted with a blade foresight and a blade rearsight with three leaves graduated 100, 200, 300 and 400 yards. The calibre is 0.796in. Inscribed on the lockplate is 'Rl Manufactory Enfield' a crown over 'VR', the date '1840' and an ordnance view and proof mark (crown over anchor). Inscribed on the stock is a Storekeeper (War Office) mark dated '1861', 'I.C.R.' (1st Class Reserve); the figure '2', 'MA' over '1315' [Museum of Artillery], 'G STAINTON' and 'G' over the figure '5'. Inscribed on the barrel is a crown over 'VR' a crown over crossed sceptres, and a crown over the date '1840 ENFIELD'. This rifle is one of a hundred made on the orders of the Admiralty for use on the fighting tops of ships. The Brunswick was rifled with two deep grooves and took a belted ball. It was not popular being heavy and difficult to load. In 1859 a system of reserve weapons was set up and divided into four classifications 1-IV according to the type, age and condition of the weapon and whether or not it had been officially refurbished. First Class arms such as this example were kept for issue to regular troops.

Creator

Royal Small Arms Factory
https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections.html#!csearch;authority=agent-19004;browseBy=maker;makerFacetLetter=R

Source

National Maritime Museum

Publisher

National Maritime Museum

Date

1840

Contributor

Chairman Meow

Relation

https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections.html#!csearch;authority=agent-19004;browseBy=maker;makerFacetLetter=R

Type

Weapon

Identifier

AAA2523
https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/2521.html

Files

d6107.jpg

Citation

Royal Small Arms Factory https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections.html#!csearch;authority=agent-19004;browseBy=maker;makerFacetLetter=R, “Naval Rifle,” Enlightenmens, accessed August 9, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/924.

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