Pedersoli Cabela’s Sharps 1874 .45-70 Gov’t Falling Block Rifle, MFD 2015
SOLD FOR: $1626
Make: Cabela’s; Mfg by Pedersoli, Italy
Model: Sharps 1874
Serial Number: SH37510
Year of Manufacture: 2015 (CN Date Code)
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Action Type: Lever Operated Falling Block Single Shot Centerfire Conversion Rifle w/ Double Set Triggers
Markings: The top rear of the barrel is marked “CABELA’S INC. – SIDNEY, NE”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “SH37510”, “dp” in an oval, “PEDERSOLI – SHARPS / MADE IN ITALY /15 cal. 45/70”. The left side of the barrel is marked with two Italian proof marks. The left side of the receiver is marked with two Italian proofs and the “CN” date code. The upper tang is marked with the serial number. The bottom left of the block is marked with a proof mark.
Barrel Length: 30” Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a forward sloping blade that is dovetailed to the barrel. The rear sight is a U-notch elevator sight that is dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. There are two drilled, tapped, and filled holes in front of the rear sight. The upper tang is drilled, tapped, and filled for a tang sight (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece wood with a schnabel-tipped forearm, checkered pistol grip, straight comb, and a steel buttplate. There are a few scattered minor marks including two more noticeable draglines on the left side of the buttstock. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering on the grip is sharp. The LOP measures 13 3/8” & 14 1/4” from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the steel buttplate, which shows a few faint scuffs at the heel and toe. The stocks rate in about Fine-Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows muting on the case-colored components. There are light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-Excellent 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 1874 from Cabela’s, manufactured in Italy by Pedersoli. This rifle is in Fine-Excellent condition with 97% original finish remaining. Please see our photos and good luck!