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Item Code: G3148
The most famous, single-shot, percussion firearm used during the Civil War was the .52 caliber, breechloading carbine invented and patented by Hartford, Connecticut native Christian Sharps. In 1867, over 31,000 of the original Sharps carbines and rifles (of all three styles, NM1859, 1863, 1865) were considered obsolete for government service and were sold or converted to a .56 caliber rimfire.
Presented here is a very fine carbine conversion specimen designed to use a rimfire, metallic, self-contained cartridge. Sometimes referred to as the Model 1867, the conversion process started in February 1865 and continued into the early 1870s with various enhancements and modifications. This weapon most likely was part of the October 26, 1867 contract to Sharp’s Rifle Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Connecticut for standard carbine conversions which included a relined bore and a cam-operated firing pin at the breech.
This weapon is in excellent condition and exhibits a factory-like overall appearance. Stock appears to have been replaced at the factory and has no patchbox on the obverse side. Weapon bears serial # C, 28688 and features a fine, single cartouche stamping “DFC” (initials in a banner). In very good condition, this carbine has a 22” long round barrel and a ‘straight-breech’ type lockplate fitted to its walnut stock and forend. All frame screws are in fine condition save one. No original coloring on metal surfaces of the carbine. Manufacturer markings and patent designations are visible but thin on both sides of frame. Stamping between the breech and rear sight is very thin from factory cleaning. Serial # C, 28688 is sharp and strongly stamped unto the wrist tang. Iron sling ring and bar tight. Carbine exhibits crisp mechanics. Bore is excellent, sharp and bright.
This Sharps carbine conversion Model 1867 makes a handsome addition to any military collection.
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