SOLD FOR: $2901
Model: Sharps model 1874
Serial Number: B4605
Year of Manufacture: Modern
Caliber: .45/70 (.45 2 1/0”)
Action Type: Single shot breech loading rifle with double set triggers.
Barrel Length: 30”, octagonal barrel
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an adjustable iron sight with level built into the base, the rear sight is an adjustable folding ladder peep sight that is 5” long. The top tang is drilled, there is a spot open for an additional sight, none is present.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece smooth wooden stocks have a pistol grip, straight comb, and plastic buttlate. The wood shows light handling and storage marks. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: The barrel is blue, the receiver is 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 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light wear from handling and storage. There is one small patch of minor surface erosion on the receiver. 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 small slender brown leather pouch to cover the ladder sight.
Our 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 1874 model, a rifle which bridged the gap between muzzle-loading rifles and cartridge rifles. It is breech-loaded with a falling block and chambered for “Calibre 45 2 1/10?”, dimensionally identical to .45-70 Gov’t. This example is in fantastic condition, showing little use. A gorgeous reproduction of the classic 1874, flawless smooth wooden stock, and timeless case color receiver, do not pass up this incredible rifle.Good luck and happy bidding!