RARE SHARPS BORCHARDT Model 1878 SINGLE SHOT Rifle .38-55 Winchester WCF
1 of 8,700 Single Shot Borchardt Rifles Manufactured
Here we present an antique Sharps Model 1878 Borchardt Single Shot Rifle manufactured between 1878 and 1881 in Hartford, Connecticut. This one has a heavy part-octagon, part-round barrel in .38-55 WCF that has scope bases mounted. The butt stock and forearm are deluxe, hand-checkered walnut. The forearm has a small inlay of mother of pearl. SR Co. butt plate. The trigger is very light and crisp.
The Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 is a single shot hammerless falling block action rifle designed by Hugo Borchardt and made by the Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company. It closely resembles older Sharps Rifles but has a firing mechanism that uses a hammerless striker rather than a hammer and firing pin like the old Sharps Rifles. This hammerless dropping-block breech-loader was based on a patent granted to Hugo Borchardt in 1877. It was the last of the Sharps single-shot rifles. According to company records 8,700 rifles were made in all models that included the Carbine, Military, Short Range, Mid-Range, Long Range, Hunter, Business, Sporting, and Express from 1877 until the Sharps Rifle Co. closed down in 1881. Even with its lack of commercial success, the Sharps-Borchardt is admired for its strength and accuracy and is considered one of the strongest, if not the strongest, rifle action ever built before the end of the 19th century.
The overall condition is fine. Original blue finish. The action is excellent with a light, crisp trigger. The bore is shiny bright with sharp rifling. The stock is in very fine condition with excellent figure. Possibly the only of its kind in this configuration.
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Barrel is 26-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .38-55 Winchester
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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