CIVIL WAR SHARPS New Model 1863 50-70 GOVT Carbine
Classic Frontier and Old West Saddle Ring Carbine
Here we present an antique Sharps New Model 1863 Carbine, made circa 1864, then converted to .50-70 Govt circa 1867 for use in the West by the federal government. Over 100,000 Sharps rifles and carbines were purchased and used by the federal government during the American Civil War. In 1867, the Ordnance Department contracted with the Sharps Rifle Company for conversion of over 31,000 Sharps percussion carbines to the .50-70 breech loading configuration. These carbines were issued to the regular cavalry regiments on the western frontier and remained in service until they were replaced by the Springfield Model 1873 Carbine. The carbine has a blued barrel with casehardened barrel band, receiver, loading lever and butt plate. The stock and forearm are oil-finished black walnut. The carbine is fitted with the standard folding leaf rear sight and has a sling bar and ring mounted on the left side of the stock and receiver. The left side of the receiver is stamped with the two-line Sharps patent marks and the Lawrence and Sharps patent markings are stamped on the right side of the receiver. Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on most components. They went on to experience some of the most exciting times in American history during the Indian Wars, the settling of the West, and the connecting of the coasts with the railroad.
The overall condition is near fine. The barrel bears 85% original blue finish. The case colors have mostly silvered on the frame. The markings are clear. The walnut stock is smooth and solid. There are inspector markings throughout. The bore is fine, bright with sharp rifling. The action is excellent. Own a crisp Frontier Legend in .50-70 GOVT!
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .50-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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