Sold For: $2,026
Model: 1874 Sharps Sporting #3 Deluxe
Serial Number: SH20175
Year of Manufacture: 2002 (BS date code)
Caliber: .45-70 Gov’t
Action Type: Single-Shot Breech-Loading Rifle with Set Trigger
Markings: The bottom of the barrel is marked “CABELLA’S / SIDNEY, NE.”, with the serial number, “dp” in circle, “PEDERSOLI CAL. 45-70 / MADE IN ITALY CAT.8125” and at the rear with Italian proofs. The bottom of the receiver has Italian proofs and “BS” in square date code to each side of the lever, the top tang is marked with the serial number. The inside of the forend is stamped with the last three digits of the serial number. The receiver has factory decorative engraving with “dp” in circle on the left and a Buffalo on the right.
Barrel Length: 32″, Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a globe-style sight with an aperture reticle dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a folding ladder-style sight presenting a “U”-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, tapped and filled for a peep sight (none included) There are two male dovetail bases on the barrel which have a Montana Vintage Arms Series 4000 6x scope with centerless 6 mil-dot reticle installed. The scope shows minor wear with clear glass and includes its threaded lense-caps, in about Fine condition.
Weight: 12 lb., 6.7 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a capped forend, straight grip, straight comb, and coin-finished steel carbine-style buttplate. The stocks have minor handling wear with only a few scattered light nicks and scuffs. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 7/8″ and 13 ” from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The plate has minor wear at the heel and toe. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Coin
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 98% of its metal finish. The action shows minor operational wear. Otherwise, there are only a few scattered minor marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Excellent 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: This rifle comes with the installed scope as described.
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 nice reproduction of the 1874 model cartridge rifle made by Pedersoli in Italy. It is chambered for the .45-70 cartridge with a 32″ barrel and is the Deluxe model with factory engraved, coin-finished receiver. 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, especially with the included Montana Vintage Arms scope. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California.