RARE SHARPS Model 1878 BORCHARDT “SPORTING” Rifle
1 of 610 Single Shot “Sporting” Rifles Manufactured!
Here we present an antique Sharps Model 1878 Borchardt Single Shot “Sporting” Rifle manufactured between 1878 and 1881 in Hartford, Connecticut. 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 22,500 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, with only 610 of the “Sporting” models being produced. 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.
Hugo Borchardt was a prolific inventor. Originally from Germany, he spent decades in the US (1860-1892) working for the likes of Singer (sewing machines & later known for their M1911 pistol), Colt, Winchester, Sharps & Remington. This rifle bears his name but he is better known for his C-93 semi-automatic pistol that was the launching point for the C-96 and the Luger pistol.
This rifle features a mid-heavyweight round barrel chambered for .45 2-1/10 inch cartridges, large bore and powerful. The top of the barrel is marked “OLD RELIABLE” and the left side near the breech is marked “2-1/10” for the cartridge length. The trigger has an automatic safety behind it and the trigger pull is nice and crisp.
The overall condition is very good. The iron parts are gray. The markings are clear. The walnut stock is smooth and solid. The wrist of the butt stock has been repaired and remains sturdy. The bore is in good condition with strong rifling. The action is excellent, strong and crisp. Here is a rare opportunity to own a very Sharps Borchardt in this configuration!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 30 inches.
Caliber: .45 2-1/10 Inch
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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