SHARPS Model 1878 BORCHARDT .45-70 GOVT SINGLE SHOT Rifle
“OLD RELIABLE” Single Shot Borchardt Rifle
Here we present an antique Sharps Model 1878 Borchardt Single Shot 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. 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.
Sharps rifles originated just after the Mexican-American War and were popular through the buffalo-hunting heyday of the 1870s and 1880s. Buffalo runners in the waning days of the great hunts, Rocky Mountain outdoorsmen and a son of Brigham Young were among the Westerners who took to the last and most advanced of the famous Sharps rifles, the Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878.
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.
The overall condition is fine. Nicely refinished. The action is excellent and the bore is shiny bright with sharp rifling. The walnut stock is solid and in great shape. This is a straight up simple and handy rifle. It has a full-length barrel yet remains slender and relatively light while having the power to take larger game. Nice long range rear sight. We like this one a lot.
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Barrel is 32 inches.
Caliber: .45-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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