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Ian D Skennerton. .577 Pattern 1853 Rifle Musket & Snider-Enfields: Parts identification lists, Patt. '53 & Snider notes, exploded parts drawings, armourers instructions, accessories and fittings.

Ian D Skennerton. .577 Pattern 1853 Rifle Musket & Snider-Enfields: Parts identification lists, Part. '53 & Snider notes, exploded parts drawings, armourers instructions, accessories and fittings, Ian Skennerton Publishing, PO Box 80, Labrador Qld 4215, (07) 5594 7911, www.skennerton.com, 2005, ISBN 0-949749-63-X. paperback, 48 pp, 100 plus b. & w. line drawings and photos, 21 x 27 era, $11.00 plus p&p.

This is the latest publication (No 20) in the Small Arms Identification Series and is a welcome and worthy addition to the line. If there is any more information to be had on the subject from a 48-page publication, please may I have a copy?

As is normal in this series, the genealogy or lineage of both weapon systems is outlined with all service variations listed (7 for the Enfield and 21 for the Snider). Volunteer and extra-service patterns in their profusion are also discussed. Part of this text deals with an unexpected manufacturer, viz. the Nakku Arsenal in Nepal. The number of nations using and/or manufacturing Snider-type weapons also makes for interesting reading.

Bayonets, scabbards, and markings on metal and woodwork round out an education on the subject, while the section on stripping and assembly are for those willing to undertake tender loving care of these heritage items.

In short, the profusion of illustrations of models and component parts should leave the collector in no doubt as to what kind of Enfield muzzle loader or Snider he owns.

Syd Wigzell
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