IAB/EMF Sharps Model 1874 .45-70 Govt. Single Shot Rifle, Falling Block

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Auction: 12189520

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Auction Start:
(July 11, 2013 18:07:00 PT)
Auction Ended:
(July 25, 2013 18:17:00 PT)

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Seller's Description

Guns For Sale - IAB/EMF Sharps Model 1874 -- .45-70 Govt. Single Shot Rifle, Falling Block

LSB#: 130607RB05

Make: I.A.B., Gardone VT., Italy – Imported by IMF

Model: Sharps Model 1874

Serial Number: 43296

Year of Manufacture: 1995

Caliber: .45-70 Government

Action Type: Single Shot Breech Loading

Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “I.A.B. Gardone VT. – Made In Italy”. The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “Cal. 45/70 US.Gov.” The right shoulder of the barrel is marked “E.M.F. Company. Inc. CA.” The top tang is marked “43296”. The left side of the receiver shows 2 Italian proofs and a logo. The left side of the barrel shows 2 proof marks and a “BF” date code.

Barrel Length: The .96” (across the flats) octagon barrel is 29.25”.

Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a brass bead front sight dovetailed into the barrel. There is a folding leaf sight mounted in a dovetail on the back of the barrel. It has a “U” notch blade that is adjustable for elevation. The tang is drilled and tapped for an aperture tang sight with holes approximately 1 17/32” apart.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece dark hardwood. The grip is straight, the forend checkered and the butt has a shotgun style metal buttplate. The underside of the stock at the toe shows several light compression marks, with a deeper mark forward on the right side. There is also a small compression mark on the left side about 3” in front of the heel. The underside of the forend shows compression marks in front of the checkered area. The checkering shows light wear, with a slight mar on the left side at the rear. The LOP measures 14 ½” from the front of the forward trigger and 13 ½” from the front of the rear trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.

Type of Finish: The barrel has a dull brown finish which may be the original color or it may be a patina that has developed – although with a 1995 manufacture date, this is not likely. The receiver, lever and hammer are case colored.

Finish Originality: All Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The barrel shows a small mark on the left shoulder about 2” in front of the forend, and a slight discoloration around the rear sight. The edges of the barrel show light thinning on the edges. The rear tang screw is disfigured. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: This rifle has double set triggers. The rear trigger pull is rather stiff, but once set; the front trigger breaks lightly and crisply. The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: This is a single shot modern replica of the Sharps rifle in Excellent condition. It is great for BPCS matches, although you will probably have to add a Soule type vernier tang sight to compete fairly. You can also win some long range matches at your local cowboy club with this. And, if you are a traditionalist who thinks that carrying a fast firing bolt action rifle isn’t fair to your game – then this makes the perfect elk hunting rifle. With a .45-70 case, it is possible to load a 400 grain jacketed bullet with enough powder behind it to exceed 2050 fps. (Do not try this with original Sharps rifles – the steel is not strong enough to support the pressures created). If this last option appeals to you, don’t forget to add a recoil pad or your shoulder may never forgive you.

CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California.

Payment and Shipping Instructions:

UPS Insured shipping will cost $40. To reduce the likelihood of damage during shipping, we may disassemble long guns by removing stocks on especially long pieces or taking down takedowns. All parts will be individually wrapped. If you would prefer to not have your item disassembled, please include a note with payment or email instructions to

Your item will be shipped within 1 week of receipt of good funds, usually the next day. You will receive an automatic notification with a tracking number upon shipment, to let you know that we have received funds. (Please obtain a tracking number from your carrier for immediate delivery confirmation of payment). If you are in Southern California, you are welcome to pick your item up and complete the transfer at our shop in Simi Valley (M-F, 8-4 and Saturday By Appointment).

This gun can only be shipped to an FFL, and it will be shipped from an FFL. It is your responsibility to ensure that the gun is legal to own and receive in your area. Please include a copy of your dealer’s license with payment. We will need CFLC numbers for CA FFL’s to ship a firearm within California. We are FFL dealers and comply with all Federal, State and Local laws.

We always combine on shipping to save you as much as we can. You can generally assume it will be full shipping charge on the first item, 1/2 on the second, 1/3 on the third, etc. Exceptions only arise when the items are going to different locations (different licenses), or when they are exceptionally large, heavy or valuable and cannot be combined.


Full payment on non-layaway items is required within 14 days. We accept Cashier's Checks, Money Orders, Cash, Personal Checks and Cards. Personal Checks are held a full week for clearance. All paper forms of payment already reflect a 3% cash discount. To pay online, please use the item number form the auction site, add 3% to the 'Total' above and use the following link: To call and pay by phone, please wait until the Monday after the sale. To help us properly apply your payment, please indicate what item you have purchased when your payment and/or FFL are sent. If you would like to be notified when we receive your payment, please obtain a tracking number from your carrier.

CA Sales tax applies to CA buyers (7.5%).

Layaways are offered on all items, requiring a 20% non refundable down payment within 7 days of the auction’s close and the balance within 60 days. We do not require prior notice to place an item on the layaway. No returns are accepted on layaway items and the item will be considered abandoned after 60 days.

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Returns (less shipping) are accepted within 3 days of when the item is delivered with signature confirmation. Returns are accepted for material misrepresentation, non disclosed flaws, overrepresentation & damage in shipping. Sometimes we miss, overlook or confuse things and we promise to make it right as best we can when we do. It is our goal to resolve return issues to keep all parties satisfied with their dealings (look at our feedback). Our return policy is not designed for folks who have just changed their mind or who did not fully read the description. Returns are very costly for both the buyer and for us, so please ask all of your questions before bidding and please be sure you can legally purchase this item. Thank You!

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No gun should be fired without being examined by a competent gunsmith.

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