CIVIL WAR Era Antique SHARPS NEW MODEL 1863 Percussion Saddle Ring CARBINE
ICONIC Carbine in Original Percussion Configuration
Here we present an antique Sharps New Model 1863 Saddle Ring Carbine, made circa 1864 in Hartford, Connecticut, with a production run between 1863 and 1865. Christian Sharps (1811-1874) was the originator of a line of sturdy, practical, and popular military and sporting rifles and handguns that were associated with several events that shaped American history in 19th century, including armed conflict in Kansas during the 1850s, the Civil War, the era of the Plains buffalo hunter, and the rise of modern long-range competition shooting during the 1870s. The most famous, single-shot percussion firearm used during the Civil War was the Sharps carbine, a .52 caliber breech-loading firearm invented and patented by Hartford native Christian Sharps. Sharps rifles and carbines are a series of large-bore single-shot rifles, beginning with a design by Christian Sharps in 1848, and ceasing production in 1881. They were, and still are, renowned for their long-range accuracy.
The most famous, single-shot percussion firearm used during the Civil War was this Sharps saddle ring carbine, a .52 caliber breech-loading with a 22 inch barrel. Without a doubt, nearly all of these carbines saw service with both Union and Confederate regiments and was the most widely used cavalry arm of the Civil War. Over 100,000 Sharps rifles and carbines were purchased and used by the federal government during the American Civil War. These powerful, accurate and reliable rifles certainly saw history from a firsthand perspective during the conflicts leading up to the Civil War, the war itself, and beyond on the Western Frontier. The Sharps rifles became icons of the American Old West due to their appearances in many Western movies and books. Perhaps as a result, a number of different rifle companies currently offer reproductions of the Sharps rifle. But, here you can have the original!
The overall condition is good. The steel parts show a bit of weathering and a gray patina. The action is excellent. The bore is dark with quite worn rifling and some heavier pitting. The walnut stock: the forearm shows a couple cracks repaired; the butt stock is in nice condition with two good cartouches. The inletting around the saddle ring bar has been scratched out and enlarged. A Civil War carbine that may have lived a harder life than many but one that would still look great on display!
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .52 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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