need info Sharps

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by mikiec, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. mikiec

    mikiec New Member

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

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    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?

    Mike
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2010
  2. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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  3. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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    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?
     
  4. mikiec

    mikiec New Member

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    It has been converted
     
  5. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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    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.
     
  6. mikiec

    mikiec New Member

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    Here are some more pics.

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  7. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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

    mikiec New Member

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

    Mike