British Snider-Enfield .577 Caliber Rifle

  • Anglo-Zulu War
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

Adopted by The British Army in 1866 as it's primary Infantry weapon, The Snider-Enfield Rifle was a breech-loading weapon that chambered the large .577 round. Used in all British Conflicts until 1871, The Rifle was a favorite of The Anglo-Zulu Wars. Although replaced by The Martini-Henry Rifle – it's poor performance (jamming) – quickly had many Commanders going back to the “old standard”. Many Native Contingent Forces were armed with The Snider-Enfield. Weighing close to 9-pounds, a Carbine variety was also manufactured. The weapon was 50-inches long. It had an effective range of 600 yards (but could be pressed to 1,250 yards). A good Rifleman could fire 2 aimed shot in 30 seconds.