C. Sharps Arms Big Timber Old Reliable Model 1875 .45-70 Single Shot Rifle

Sold for $3350.00

Make: C. Sharps Arms Co.

Model: 1875 Sharps

Serial Number: O-700

Year of Manufacture: 1992-2019

Caliber: .45-70 (.45 2 1/10″)

Action Type: Single-Shot Breech-Loading Rifle

Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “Old Reliable” in oval in front of the rear sight and “C. SHARPS ARMS CO. INC. / BIG TIMBER, MONTANA U.S.A.”, “CALIBRE 45 2 1/10” behind. The left of the receiver is marked “C. SHARPS ARMS CO. INC. / BIG TIMBER, MONTANA”, the bottom is marked with the serial number next to the lever.

Barrel Length: 34″, Octagonal

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a globe-style sight dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The sight accepts interchangeable inserts, currently with a post installed (no additional inserts are included). The top tang is drilled and tapped with a folding tang sight installed, adjustable for windage and elevation.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered deluxe walnut with a pewter nosecap, capped pistol grip, straight comb with shadow line cheekpiece and checkered case color steel shotgun-style buttplate. There are a couple of nicks in the front of the comb from the tang sight and a couple toward the heel. There are a couple of light marks in the nosecap. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has no notable wear with well defined checkering. Overall, the stocks are in 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 97% of its metal finish. There is infrequent very minor surface oxidation in the receiver, very minor operational wear and light handling marks. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Fine-plus condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a safety-notch position. The lever locks up tight. The trigger is crisp. 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 very high quality reproduction of the 1875 Rifle model, a rifle which was purpose-built for use with metallic cartridges, rather than built off the earlier percussion frame. It is breech-loaded with a falling block and chambered for “Calibre 45 2 1/10″”, also known as .45-70 Gov’t. This rifle appears to have seen limited and responsible use, in Fine-plus condition. It should make for a great shooter for the lucky winner or a great addition to a Sharps collection. Please see our photos and good luck!