Antique U.S. SHARPS New Model 1859 .50-70 GOVT CARTRIDGE CONVERSION Carbine
Classic Civil War/Old West Saddle Ring Carbine
Here we present an antique U.S. Sharps New Model 1859 Carbine, made circa 1859-63 as a percussion carbine, 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 U.S. Ordnance Department contracted with the Sharps Rifle Company for conversion of over 30,000 Sharps percussion carbines to the .50-70 GOVT configuration. Some of these arms retained their original six-groove rifling, while the bores of others were re-lined with three-groove rifling.
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 Trapdoor Carbine. This is one of the iconic carbines of Western lore, as they were handy, accurate, powerful and reliable guns, and many went to the Western Frontier as trappers, explorers and settlers moved that way. They experienced 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 Transcontinental Railroad.
The overall condition is good. The action does function though the half-cock feature is absent. Bright, 3-groove bore with sharp rifling. Solid stock. The color/finish fade a bit behind the wrist. The cartouche on the left side of the wrist is clear. A good example of the Sharps carbine for your collection.
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Barrel is 22-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .50-70 Sharps
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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