Civil War SHARPS & HANKINS Model 1862 SHORT CAVALRY .52 Caliber RF CARBINE
1 of only 1000 Made Circa 1863
Here we present an antique Sharps and Hankins Model 1862 Short Cavalry Carbine manufactured circa 1863 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is one of approximately 1,000 Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Cavalry Carbines manufactured from 1862 to 1865. One of the units issued these carbines was the 9th New York Cavalry which was present and claims the first shot fired at the Battle of Gettysburg as part of Second Brigade which was part of Brigadier General John Buford’s 1st Division.
The shape of the carbine is distinctly Sharps and operates a bit differently than other carbines of the era. The trigger guard doubles as a lever, which is opened by pressing a small tab inside the smaller loop of the lever. Opening the lever slides the barrel away from the recoil shield for loading and unloading.
The overall condition is good. Robust action. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. Solid stock. The left side of the frame has the two extra holes for a saddle ring staple. Markings are clear.
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Barrel is 19 inches.
Caliber: .52 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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