Shiloh Sharps Farmingdale New Model 1863 Carbine .54 Cal Percussion Rifle

Sold for $2092.86

Make: Shiloh Products Inc.

Model: 1863 Sharps Carbine Rifle

Serial Number: 2431

Year of Manufacture: 1976-1983

Caliber: .54 Caliber

Action Type: Single Shot, Lever Operated Falling Block, Breech-Loading, Single-Shot, Percussion Black Powder Rifle

Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “NEW MODEL 1863” behind the rear sight, the left is marked “54 CAL. USE BLACK POWDER ONLY” under the rear sight, the right is marked “SHILOH PRODUCTS INC.”. The left of the receiver is marked “SHILOH / PRODUCTS INC.”, the top tang is marked “2431”, the right of the receiver is marked “FARMINGDALE / NEW YORK” and “SHILOH / NEW MODEL 1863”.

Barrel Length: 22″

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade integral to a base fixed to the front of the barrel. 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 top tang is not drilled for a peep sight. Both screws visible in the top tang go through and thread into the bottom tang.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a banded forearm, straight grip, and case-colored steel buttplate. The buttstock has some scattered minor compressions, scuffs, and handling marks. There is a notable impact on the belly. Otherwise, there are only light handling and draglines. The LOP measures 13 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate shows light thinning along the edges. Overall, the stocks are in about Fine-Plus condition.

Type of Finish: Blue & Case Colored

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are scattered faint spots of oxidation on the right side of the receiver. There are some light nicks throughout the barrel. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The nipple is intact, showing little to no sign of use. The trigger breaks crisply. 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: This is a historical reproduction of a Sharps New Model 1863 Carbine Rifle made by Shiloh Products Inc. The Sharps percussion rifles and carbines were used by both Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War, and the action design has been quite successful, used by sportsmen and militaries for decades after the Civil War as well as being in use by BPCR and black powder enthusiasts to this day. This percussion rifle has a 22” barrel with a ladder rear sight and is in .54 caliber. The rifle is in about Fine condition with about 96% of its original finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and just a hint of erosion. This rifle can be used for hunting large game such as deer and elk, and for informal target shooting. It should also be of interest to the Shiloh collectors out there being a “Farmer” produced at Shiloh’s Farmingdale NY facility. Please see our photos and good luck!