RARE CIVIL WAR Antique SHARPS & HANKINS Model 1862 ARMY .52 Cal. RF Carbine
SCARCE! One of only 500 Made Circa 1864
Here we present an antique Sharps and Hankins Model 1862 Army Carbine manufactured circa 1864 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is an extremely scarce carbine with only 500 of the “Army” variants produced. Sharps & Hankins produced three variants of their carbine, those being the Navy (6686 produced), the Army (500 produced), and the Short Cavalry (1000 produced). Made from 1862-65, the bulk of production was the more numerous Navy Carbine was still only just over 8,000 were produced. The Sharps & Hankins 1862 Army Carbine is one of the scarcest Civil War carbines encountered.
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. It has a great elevating rear sight and brass butt-plate.
The Army and Navy versions both had a 24-inch barrel with the Navy coming with a leather cover to protect the barrel from salt water. The Army version’s barrel was blued. The Short Cavalry version had a 19-inch blued barrel.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. Semi-bright bore. Solid stock contains an average amount of wear (stable repair at the wrist). Legible markings. Numbers match. The rear sling swivel is missing from the buttstock.
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Barrel is 24 inches.
Caliber: .52 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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