CIVIL WAR / WILD WEST Antique U.S. SHARPS New Model 1859 Percussion CARBINE
Iconic Carbine of the CIVIL WAR and WESTERN LORE
Here we present an antique U.S. Sharps New Model 1859 Percussion Carbine, made circa the start of the American Civil War, in Hartford, Connecticut. 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. 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. Dark, dark patina. The action is strong. The bore is dim with good rifling. The slider on the rear sight is absent. The walnut stock is dark and showing use. The forearm saw some loss on the left side during the period of use long ago. A good working percussion Sharps saddle ring carbine from the Civil War with lots of character!
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .52 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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