Cabela’s Pedersoli Sharps 1852 .45-120 Single Shot Falling Block Rifle 2001

SOLD FOR: $1575

LSB#: 210907BW24

Make: Cabela’s; Mfg by Pedersoli, Italy

Model: Sharps 1852

Serial Number: SH17660

Year of Manufacture: 2001

Caliber: .45-120 Sharps

Action Type: Lever Operated Falling Block Single Shot Centerfire Conversion Rifle w/ Double Set Triggers

Markings: The bottom of the barrel is marked “CABELA’S / SIDNEY, NE”, “SH17660”, “dp” in an oval, “PEDERSOLI CAL.45-120 / MADE IN ITALY CAT. 10652”, and “BLACK POWDER / CARTRIDGE ONLY”. The rear left side of the barrel is marked with two Italian proof marks. The front face of the receiver is marked “CAT. 10652”. The left side of the receiver is marked with three Italian proofs and the “BP” date code. The right side of the receiver is marked “SHARPS’ PAT / OCT. 5th 1852”. The right side of the base of the tang sight is marked “C. SHARPS ARMS CO. INC.”.

Barrel Length: 34” Octagonal

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a leveling globe sight with an interchangeable sight leaf (no additional leafs included). The rear sight is a folding ladder sight which presents a “V”-notch when down. When folded up, the ladder sight has a slider with a “V”-notch and the right side is marked from “1” to “8” with another notch on the top of the ladder. The tang sight is a fully adjustable peep aperture sight. The elevating rod screw is missing from the sight.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece hand checkered wood with a capped forearm, straight grip and comb, storage box on the right side of the buttstock, and a steel buttplate. There are some scattered light compressions, draglines, and scuffs in highest concentration on the belly and the rear of the forearm. There are no chips and cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13” & 13 7/8” from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the steel buttplate, which shows finish thinning and scrapes on the heel and toe. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is some stubborn fouling in the bore.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows thinning on the case colored components. There are some scattered light scratches and a few minor spots of oxidation on the barrel. The screw heads are lightly tool marked with strong slots and as mentioned before, the elevator rod screw is missing. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: Sharps rifles are a series of large-bore, single-shot, falling-block, breech-loading rifles, beginning with a design by Christian Sharps in 1848, and ceasing production in 1881. They were renowned for long-range accuracy. By 1874 the rifle was available in a variety of calibers, and it was one of the few designs successfully to be adapted to metallic cartridge use. The Sharps rifles became icons of the American Old West due to their appearances in many Western-genre films and books. Perhaps as a result, several rifle companies offer reproductions of the Sharps rifle. This is a centerfire Model 1852 from Cabela’s, manufactured in Italy by Pedersoli. This rifle is in fine condition with 90% original finish remaining. Please see our photos and good luck!

Cabela's Pedersoli Sharps 1852 .45-120 Single Shot Falling Block Rifle 2001
Cabela’s Pedersoli Sharps 1852 .45-120 Single Shot Falling Block Rifle 2001