What was the original Sharps 50 caliber rifle?

What was the original Sharps 50 caliber rifle?

Original Sharps .50 Caliber. Description: This rifle started life as a Sharps model 1865 Military Rifle with serial number 159697, it still shows the civil war inspectors cartouches, it may have been one of many that were converted to .50-70 about 1870 and used until the Trapdoor Springfield .45-70 Carbines were ready.

When did the Sharps Model 1859 come out?

The latter corporation went bankrupt, and their operations were taken over by Sharps and moved to Hartford. The Sharps New Model 1859, introduced in that year, was available as a carbine, and in round-barrel military rifle or octagonal-barrel sporting rifle versions.

How big is the case on a Sharps 50-70?

The 50-70 Gov’t case is 1.750 inches long. Brass is available from C. Sharps Arms Co. or Dixie Gun Works. It may also be formed from 50 basic brass with the use of a file trim die.

Where can I get brass for a Sharps rifle?

Brass is available from C. Sharps Arms Co. or Dixie Gun Works. It may also be formed from 50 basic brass with the use of a file trim die. The variety of bullets available for the 40 and 45 caliber Sharps rifles was not available for the 50 caliber rifles.

What’s the serial number on a Sharps rifle?

The serial number is XXXXX It looks similar to the one pictured here: But especially because of the safety? switch and strap . Very similar, but it is a “short” gun………it doesn’t have any metal bullet holderson the butt. I am getting close to having the picture.

When was the Model 1863 Sharp rifle made?

That serial number nails it. You have the Model 1863 carbine, which has a 22 inch barrel and was made in 1863. You can attach a photo using the paper clip icon at the top of the Just Answer message box, but I don’t really need it now.

When did Sharps start making centerfire carbines?

Springfield Armory was impressed with the Sharps, and in October 1867, a government contract was signed with the Sharps Company to begin converting the New Model 1859, New Model 1863 and New Model 1865 carbines held in government stores to .50-70 centerfire models.