Sold For; $1,351
Make: Pedersoli, imported by Dixie Gunworks
Model: 1874 Sharps
Serial Number: SH7632
Year of Manufacture: 1996 (BH date code)
Caliber: .45-70 Gov’t
Action Type: Single-Shot Breech-Loading Rifle with Set Trigger
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “DIXIE GUN WORKS, INC.” in front of the rear sight, “CALIBRE 45-70 / 2 1/10” behind. The bottom of the barrel is marked “SH7632 / PEDERSOLI CAL. 45-70 / -MADE IN ITALY-” and “dp” in oval. The left of the receiver has three Italian proofs and “BH” in box date codes, the top tang is marked “SH7632”. The left of the lever and the left of the breech-block are each marked “632”.
Barrel Length: 30″, Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a globe-style sight with a center-less crosshair insert currently installed and a bubble-level integral to the dovetail mount. The rear sight is a folding ladder-style sight presenting a “V”-notch when folded down with a notched slider on the ladder, another notch at the top of the ladder, and the ladder marked from 1-8 in hundreds of yards. The top tang is drilled and tapped with a folding peep sight adjustable for windage and elevation.
Weight: 10 lb., 11.7 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with schnabel forend, straight grip, straight comb, silver-colored patchbox on the right of the buttstock, and case color steel buttplate. The stocks have light handling wear with some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There is a cluster of dings on the bottom of the forend around the rear mounting screw. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 7/8″ and 13 1/4″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The plate has little in the way of wear, but a couple of spots of minor surface oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright, the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The barrel has some scattered light scuffing and minor scratches. The receiver has only a few scattered minor marks. The action shows minor operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock position. The lever locks up tight. The trigger is light and crisp when set. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Assessment: Christian Sharps introduced one of America’s first and most successful breech-loading rifles with design starting in 1850 and improvements continuing into the 1870s and the metallic cartridge era. This rifle is a fantastic reproduction of the 1874 model cartridge rifle made by Pedersoli in Italy. It is chambered for the .45-70 Gov’t cartridge with a 30″ octagonal barrel and nice target sights installed. In Fine condition, this rifle shows minor wear, retains a great bore and strong mechanics. This rifle will be nice for recreational target shooting or even for hunting, though a bit heavy to carry around. Where it will really shine is in BPCR competition shooting. It is also just a beautiful rifle that will make a great addition to any collection. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California.