SOLD FOR: $2700
Make: Pedersoli, imported by Cimarron
Model: Sharp’s 1874
Serial Number: SH37367
Year of Manufacture: 2015 (CN date code)
Caliber: .45/70 Government
Action Type: Lever Operated Falling Block Single Shot Centerfire Conversion Rifle with Double Set Triggers
Barrel Length: 30”, Half-Round, Half-Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a globe sight with a front aperture post dovetailed to the barrel and is adjustable for windage. The rear sight is a folding ladder sight screwed to the barrel. There is a “U” notch at the bottom/rear of the ladder’s base for use when the ladder is folded down. When the ladder is folded up, there is a “U” notch at the bottom of the ladder, another at the top edge of the slider and another on the very top edge of the ladder. The right side of the ladder is marked “1” through “8”. The rear tang is drilled, tapped and installed with a fully adjustable flip up mount holding a rear aperture sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered wood featuring a schnabel forend, a semi-pistol grip with grip cap, a straight comb and a blank initial plate on the right side of the buttstock. The wood shows light handling and storage marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/4 and 13” from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue and Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion and for the age, this bore rates a 9 or 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows no notable wear or damage, just some light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with a brown leather protective pouch for the rear aperture tang sight.
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 like Quigley Down Under, and many books. Perhaps as a result, several rifle companies offer reproductions of the Sharps rifle. This is a centerfire Model 1874 from Cimarron, manufactured in Italy by Pedersoli. This rifle is in Excellent condition with 99% original finish remaining. Please see our photos and good luck in your bidding!