SUPERB SHARPS NEW MODEL 1863 MILITARY PERCUSSION RIFLE

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Item Code: 516-75

This fantastic conditioned longarm is a Civil War Sharps New Model 1863 rifle made by the Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut. This single trigger, straight-breech, single shot breechloader is a .52 caliber percussion rifle made in 1865. Total production numbers for this model Sharps is 7,000 rifles that fall into the serial range of #C 30,000 to C 40,000. This rifle’s serial # C, 31699 is located at the top of the receiver tang. Rifle measures 47” overall and features a 30” long round barrel without a bayonet lug that is mated to a two-piece black walnut stock. Barrel is stamped “NEW MODEL 1863” in front of the hammer and “SHARPS RIFLE / MANUFG CO. / HARTFORD CONN.” in front of the long range, folding rear sight. Sight stamped with the Lawrence patent date. Barrel is inspector-marked on the left facet with “M.N.M.” Bore is excellent, strong and bright with six-groove rifling.

Shoulder stock has two crisp government cartouches on the left wrist area, no sling ring or bar, and features an iron patchbox on the right side. Full forend stock is secured to the barrel with three-barrel bands. Entire walnut stock not refinished and shows very, very few dents or dings. Forend does show light inspector marks “M.N.M.”

All gunmetal exhibits original finish. Barrel has all the original blue. Strong case colors visible on receiver, lockplate and triggerguard. Sub-inspector marks appear on all major components, i.e. receiver, lockplate, patchbox door, buttplate, hammer, and all barrel bands. Mechanics are very strong and crisp. All lockplate patent markings are crisp. Frame screws slightly buggered. Wood of the stock is clean with sharp, crisp edges. One thin scratch runs from the rear of the lock plate for approx. 2.00 inches. With another running from the edge of the barrel tang for 1.75 inches. These are not very intrusive and does not keep this writer from declaring this weapon to be one of the nicest examples we have seen.

A museum quality condition, original, New Model Sharps military rifle to fit into any display or weapons collection.  [ad]

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