Make: C. Sharps
Model: 1868 Cartridge Conversion of Model 1863 or 1865 Carbine
Serial Number: NSN
Year of Manufacture: 1868
Caliber: .50 C.F. (This was a reduced loading of the .50-70 Govt. cartridge, using a 430 grain bullet and 45 grains of black powder).
Action Type: Single Shot Lever Operated Falling Block Breach Loading Percussion Rifle
Markings: The lockplate is marked “R.S. LAWRENCE PAT / APRIL 12TH 1859” at the top and “C. SHARPS’ PAT / OCT 5TH 1852.” in the center. The left side of the receiver is marked “C. SHARPS’ PAT. / SEPT. 12TH 1848”. The left side of the barrel near the receiver and the right side of the lever pin are marked “C”. The bottom of the trigger plate in front of the trigger is marked “R” and the right side of the breech block is marked “L” and “c”.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short German silver blade held in a slotted base atop barrel. The rear sight is a folding ladder sight that presents a “U” notch when the ladder is folded down. There is a “V” notch in the top of the slider, another at the bottom of the ladder, and another at the top edge of the ladder for use when the ladder is raised. The right side of the ladder is marked “2” at the bottom and “3” through “7” for use with the slider, and “8” at the very top. The base of the sight is marked “R.S. LAWRENCE / PATENTED / FEB 15TH 1859”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece walnut with a straight grip and steel crescent shaped buttplate. The forend is approximately 10” in length and is held with a single barrel band. The stocks have been refinished with an oil finish. The wood is shy of the metal at the toe of the buttplate, and along the upper and lower tangs, the sling bar plate and the lockplate. There is oil staining around the receiver and at the front of the forend. There is a chip missing from the left lower front of the wrist and at the right lower front edge next to the lower tang and two slivers missing along the right top edge of the forend. there are three deep dings on the right side just behind the trigger plate, a gouge in the right upper front between the lockplate and upper tang, another on the lower left between the trigger plate and sling bar, and several more smaller dings and drag marks in the rest of the buttstock and forend. The LOP measures 13 ¾” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate has been refinished and shows a few light handling marks with pitting under the finish at the heel, and both thinning and pitting in its upper tang. The buttplate is in about Good condition. The stocks are in about Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: The rifle is blued.
Finish Originality: The finish is not original.
Bore Condition: The 3 groove bore is bright with sharp but shallow rifling. There are several spots of light erosion near the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80% of its current metal finish. The rifle appears to have been re-blued with a thin coating of cold blue applied over the remnants of the original finish. The metal was not polished completely smooth before refinishing, leaving dull spots in the current finish. There is a spot of pitting under the finish on the underside of the barrel at the front of the forend, and more on the barrel band, the sides of the receiver, the upper tang and the lockplate. There are light handling marks scattered over the front half of the barrel with a few dings under the finish. There are grind marks under the finish and thinning in the finish along the lower edge of the lockplate, thinning on the upper tang and tool marks under the finish in front of the hammer. The screw heads are distressed. Some of the markings have been ground off and the remainder are thin. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good overall condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This rifle retains provisions for the pellet primer system used on percussion rifles, and has a push-button lever lock on the lower tang. The action is tight, and the lever stays “UP” with the hammer cocked and the rifle held in a horizontal position. This carbine has a sling bar on the left side of the rifle, which is missing its saddle ring. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Sharps New Model rifles and carbines were made in three models: 1859, 1863 and 1865. From Flayderman’s, over 100,000 of the 1859 and 1863 models were purchased by the U.S. Army and Navy during the Civil War. The Sharps carbine was the most significantly utilized carbine of the Civil War: it was a single shot percussion breechloader using paper cartridge and revolutionized hand weaponry at the time. After the war, a little over 31,000 carbines were converted to fire centerfire ammunition. Some used the original .52 caliber barrels, and those that had worn barrels were relined and chambered for .50-70 C.F., a reduced loading of the .50-70 Govt. cartridge. This is one of the latter, generally referred to as the Model 1868, with about 27,000 produced. This carbine has been refinished and is in about Good condition with about 80% of its current finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp but shallow rifling and has a few spots of light erosion near the muzzle. The action functions correctly, and the lever snaps sharply into place when closed. The sling bar is present, but is missing its saddle ring. The Sharps rifles and carbines represent a great period in the history of American firearms – they participated in the last great war in which percussion rifles were used, and their post-war conversions were among the first rifles to use metallic cartridges. These rifles are highly collected, primarily because there are so few still remaining. This carbine will be no exception.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This Antique rifle can be transferred/sold in California.
LSB#: 161128LV31 Make: C. Sharps Model: 1868 Cartridge Conversion of Model 1863 or 1865 Carbine Serial Number: NSN Year of Manufacture: 1868 Caliber: .50 C.F
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