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mikiec 06-19-2010 02:22 AM

need info Sharps
I found a Sharps rifle that I think is an 1863 version.

It is stamped with the following:

R.S. lawrence PAT. april 12, 1859

Sharps PAT. October 5, 1852

Serial number is 73269

Any info about this rifle?


TXnorton 06-19-2010 10:04 AM

Yes, that looks like an 1863 Sharps.

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30-30remchester 06-22-2010 01:42 AM

Yes it is a civil war 1863 Sharps carbine from the distant photos. Is this still a linen cartridge gun or has it been converted to the 50-70 Government cartridge? It is easy to tell, does it have a nipple for a musket cap or a firing pin?

mikiec 06-22-2010 03:59 AM

It has been converted

30-30remchester 06-23-2010 11:22 PM

Then you have what is known as a model 1868. Thes guns were one of the TRUE west civilizers. After the civil war these were converted to 50-70 Gov't, then went out west to arm the calvery in the indian wars. When replaced with the "trapdoor Sprinfields" these were sold or given away to settlers, wagon drivers, buffalo hunters ect. Free ammo was avalible to individuals in the buisness of buffalo hunting.

mikiec 06-24-2010 08:09 PM

Here are some more pics.

30-30remchester 06-25-2010 03:15 AM

Very nice piece of American history you have. Have you shot it yet? I used one to harvest a buffalo a few years back.

mikiec 06-25-2010 05:12 PM

I need to do a good cleaning and rust removal first. This has not been cleaned in over 40 years.


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