Weapons of the British Army

Pattern 58 Two Band Enfield Navy Carbine

The Pattern 1858 naval rifle was developed for the British Admiralty in the late 1850s with a heavier 5-grooved barrel. The heavier barrel was designed to withstand the leverage from the naval cutlass bayonet but may have contributed to accuracy.  It was considered to be amongst the most accurate weapon of its day.

The two band Enfield Naval Carbine was produced from 1858 until 1867.

At first the Navy used a shortened Pattern 53 weapon, but soon after a purpose designed weapon was introduced as the Naval P1858 model. The barrel is kept in place by two steel bands and it is equipped with a straight rear sight with a slider assembled on a base with steps. Except for the steel bands, the other external matalwork is made of brass. The ramrod tip is shaped with the characteristic jag slot. The gun is equipped with two sling swivels, one fitted under the front band and the other in front of the trigger guard. The stock is made of walnut.