Sold For: $2,257
Make: Uberti, Imported by Stoeger
Model: 1874 Sharps Down Under
Serial Number: SH37042
Year of Manufacture: 2015 (CN 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 with the serial number and “SHARPS 34″ cal. 45/70” in front of the forend. The left-front of the receiver has Italian proofs and “CN” in square date code, the top tang is marked with the serial number (under the peep sight). The top of the barrel is marked “STOEGER – ACCOKEEK, MD” and “A. UBERTI – ITALY”. The lockplate is marked “SHARPS’ PAT. / OCT. 5TH 1852”.
Barrel Length: 34″, Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a globe-style sight with a replaceable aperture reticle dovetailed to the front of the barrel (no other reticles are included). The top of the barrel has two drilled and tapped holes and a dovetail filled with a blank at the rear of the barrel for a rear sight (none present). The top tang has a folding peep-sight adjustable for windage and elevation.
Weight: 13 lb., 9.9 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a pewter capped forend, straight grip, straight comb, case-color steel buttplate and patchbox. The stocks have a few scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches, most notable at the toe. The checkering is sharp. 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-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 98% of its metal finish. There are only a few scattered minor marks and light operational wear. The receiver’s case color is still strong. 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: 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 nice reproduction of the 1874 model cartridge rifle made by Uberi in Italy. It is chambered for the .45-70 cartridge with a 34″ barrel and nice sights. 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. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California.