US Antique SHARPS “New Model 1863” .50-70 GOVT CARTRIDGE CONVERSION Carbine
CIVIL WAR / WILD WEST CONTRACT Saddle Ring Carbine
Here we present an antique Sharps New Model 1863 Carbine, made circa 1863-65, then converted to 50-70 Govt circa 1867 for use in the West by the federal government. Over 100,000 Sharps rifles and carbines were purchased and used by the federal government during the American Civil War. In 1867, the Ordnance Department contracted with the Sharps Rifle Company for conversion of over 31,000 Sharps percussion carbines to the .50-70 breech loading 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 Carbine.
The left side of the receiver is stamped with the two-line Sharps patent marks and the Lawrence and Sharps patent markings are stamped on the right side of the receiver. They went on to experience some of the most exciting times in American history during the Indian Wars, the settling of the Western Frontier, and the connecting of the coasts with the railroad.
The overall condition is very good. Nice, older re-blued finish. Robust action. Shiny bright, sharply rifled bore. This example sports a solid walnut stock despite some chipping to the right side of the receiver tang and the short, stable crack off the left side at the front of the comb. A clear “DFC” Ordnance inspector cartouche is clear in the middle of the left side of the butt stock while the cartouche from the original manufacture of the carbine is a bit faint around the sling ring bar. A very nice piece of history with use in both the Civil War and during the Indian Wars!
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Barrel is 22-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .50-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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