SOLD FOR: $1450
Make: Pedersoli; Imported by IFG-NA LLC, Amarillo, TX
Model: 1874 Sharps Business
Serial Number: SH42399
Year of Manufacture: 2020 (20 Date Code)
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Action Type: Lever Operated Falling Block Single Shot Centerfire Conversion Rifle w/ Double Set Triggers
Markings: The rear of the left shoulder of the barrel is marked “IFG-NA, LLC – AMARILLO, TX”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “SH42399”, “dp” in an oval, “PEDERSOLI – SHARPS 32” / MADE IN ITALY /20 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 “20” date code. The upper tang is marked with the serial number, a diamond within a circle, “IT”, and “/20”. The bottom left of the block is marked with a proof mark. The bottom of the block is marked with the serial number on the right and a diamond within a circle, “IT”, and “/20” on the left. The top of the tang sight is marked “MARBLE / ARMS” and “MA” in a circle.
Barrel Length: Cut to 24”, 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 equipped with a fully adjustable Marble Arms peep aperture sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth wood with a straight grip, straight comb, and a checkered synthetic buttplate. The wood shows no significant wear or damage. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8” & 14” from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate, which shows a few faint marks along the edges and has sharp checkering. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original. Cold Blue has been applied to the crown.
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 a few faintly thinned areas on the leading octagonal edges of the barrel. 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: This rifle comes in a serial matching box with a manual, company DVD/CD-ROM, and a safety lock.
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 Sharps Business manufactured in Italy by Pedersoli in 2020. The barrel has been cut to 24” and very nicely re-crowned. This rifle is in Fine-Excellent condition with 97% original finish remaining. Please see our photos and good luck!