Sold For: $2,125.00
Make: Shiloh Sharps
Model: 1874 Heavy Barrel
Serial Number: 48898
Year of Manufacture: Modern
Caliber: .38-55 Winchester (Black Powder, Per the Owner’s manual)
Action Type: Single Shot, Falling Block, Lever Actuated Double Set Trigger Rifle
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “Shiloh-Sharps Model 1874 / CALIBRE / 38-55”, the left of the receiver is marked “SHILON RIFLE MFG. CO. / BIG TIMBER, MONTANA”, the top is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 28”, Part Octagonal, Part Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a globe base with a removable thin post, the base is dovetailed onto the barrel and the rear sight is a “U” notched buckhorn base for combat sighting in the down position, when flipped up, the sight forms a “V” notched leaf and ladder, ranged from 200 to 800 yards. The tang is mounted with a Soule Pattern Vernier tang sight that is micrometer adjustable for elevation, with a 0.920” diameter aperture disc.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are absolutely beautiful extra fancy matte finished walnut with exquisite grain and fit to the metal. The forend has a Schnabel tip, the butt stock has a pistol grip and strait comb. The stocks are free from any notable marks, cracks or damages. The LOP measures 13 3/8” from the front of the rear trigger and 14 ¼” from the front of the forward trigger to the back of the beautiful case colored and checkered butt plate. The stocks rate in about Excellent Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Blue & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. We looked this rifle over for a while trying to find any notable damages or marks but only came up with a few scuffs. This is one beautiful rifle that has been well taken care of with little, if ANY use outside of the factory. The screw heads are sharp and appear unturned. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The forward trigger, when set by the rear trigger, breaks crisp at 14 OUNCES with no take up. The rifle is functionally cloned from the original Sharps design, with crisp mechanics and strong construction. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a factory instruction manual, printed cleaning instructions and instructions on how to use the rear Vernier sight, the paperwork has bending but is fully legible, as photographed. Also included is a Plano Gun Guard black plastic hard case, showing some scrape and compression marks on the exterior, no major damages are seen, the inner egg crate foam has some cut out portions, the case is in Fine condition.
Our Assessment: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharps_rifle “In the 1990 western Quigley Down Under, Tom Selleck’s title character uses a Sharps rifle. Theater Crafts Industry went so far as to say, “In Quigley Down Under, which we did in 1990, the Sharps rifle practically co-stars with Tom Selleck.” This statement was echoed by gunwriters including John Taffin in Guns and Lionel Atwill in Field & Stream, crediting the film with an impact to rival that of Dirty Harry on the Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum. The rifle in Quigley has a 34″ barrel length, as opposed to the standard 30” length. Firearms manufacturers such as Davide Pedersoli and Shiloh Rifle Manufacturing Company have credited these movies with an increase in demand for those rifles. As a result of the popularity of the film, a Sharps match is held annually in Forsyth, Montana known as the “Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match”. Originally a 44-inch target was placed at 1,000 yards for each shooter, remniscent of a scene from the movie. The match is billed as the “biggest rifle event shooting in Eastern Montana since the Custer Massacre” and has since evolved into a two-day competition with eight shots for score on six steel silhouette targets at ranges from 350 to 805 yards. On television, the Sharps rifle plays a central role in the murder investigation in the pilot episode of the Longmire series (2012). A Sharps is the weapon used in the murder, and its firing action is central to the climactic action sequence. In the Longmire novel The Cold Dish the author is incorrect in ascribing the name Sharpshooter to the Sharps. The term sharpshooter, referring to marksman had its origin in English from at least 1801 from the German term Scharfschütze.” This is a modern production Shiloh Sharps 1874 Sporting Rifle with double set triggers and simply amazing construction! The wood and metal fit are razor sharp, the bore shows no evidence of prolonged use outside of the factory and is mechanically orgasmic. Chambered for .38-55 Winchester (please read the instruction manual before use), game up to black bear can be taken with its best accuracy under 400 yards. This rifle, in its condition, will probably end up with a collector that has always wanted a mint condition Sharps and though not an item from the 1800’s, is certain to impress any firearm enthusiast. Please see our pictures and good luck.