Antique SHARPS New Model 1863 .50-70 GOVT. CARTRIDGE CONVERSION SR Carbine
Civil War/Wild West US CONTRACT Saddle Ring Carbine
Here we present an antique Sharps New Model 1863 Saddle Ring Carbine, made circa 1863-65, then converted to U.S. .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 U.S. Ordnance Department contracted with the Sharps Rifle Company for conversion of over 30,000 Sharps percussion carbines and 1,000 rifles to either the .52-70 rimfire or the .50-70 GOVT centerfire configuration. Some of these arms retained their original six-groove rifling, while the bores of others were re-lined with three-groove rifling, as is this example. New buttstocks without cartridge boxes were used in all cases where replacement was required, regardless of the original 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. They went on to experience some of the most exciting times in American history during the Indian Wars, the settling of the Western Frontier, and the connecting of the coasts with the railroad.
The overall condition is good. Patina throughout. The action is excellent and the bore is shiny bright with sharp rifling. The walnut stock shows use and has some stable splits at the toe and at the front of the forearm.
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .50-70 U.S. GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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