CIVIL WAR SHARPS New Model 1859 50-70 GOVT CARBINE
Converted Sharps Saddle Ring Carbine
Here we present an antique Sharps New Model 1859 Cavalry Carbine, made circa 1859 in Hartford, Connecticut. There is a reason the good name of Sharps has lasted to the current day, reaching nearly legendary status. Those made prior to and during the American Civil War, from 1861-1865, were popular with the troops, especially cavalry. They were handy, accurate, powerful and reliable guns, and many went to the Western Frontier as trappers, explorers and settlers moved that way.
This example was originally produced in the percussion format and used in the Civil War. After the war, in 1867, the U.S. Government paid Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co. to update and convert about 31,000 of these to metallic cartridge for the military. The “DFC” inspection cartouche for the conversion is located in the middle of the left side of the butt stock. These would have been issued to cavalry units. The lock is marked “C. SHARPS PAT./OCT. 16TH 1848” AND “R.S. LAWRENCE PAT/APRIL 12 1859”. This is one of the iconic carbines of Western lore!
The overall condition is near fine. The case colors are still visible on the frame. The blue finish on the barrel is 65%. The markings are legible. The walnut stock is in great shape. The bore is mostly bright with strong rifling. The action is excellent. Here is a historic Sharps in 50-70 Govt, the prototypical cavalry, Western, buffalo rifle!
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .50-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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