Sold For: $1,890.00
Make: Shiloh Sharps
Model: 1874 Heavy Barrel
Serial Number: B1097
Year of Manufacture: Modern
Caliber: .40-65 W.C.F.
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 40 / 40-65”, 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”, Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a globe base with a removable thin ‘doughnut’ ring insert, the base has a green bubble level, the base is dovetailed onto the barrel. The level body has some discoloration, there are small marks on the flanks and rubbing on top of the globe. The barrel has two sets of drilled and tapped holes. The upper tang has two drilled and tapped holes as well.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are absolutely beautiful extra burl, gloss finished walnut with exquisite grain and fit to the metal. The forend has a pewter tip, the butt stock has a pistol grip and strait comb. The forend and tip have multiple dings, the flanks have a few scrapes. The butt stock shows a few sparse gouges and small nicks. The stocks are free of any major damages, although it was most likely cut to accommodate the current recoil pad. The LOP measures 12 3/4” from the front of the rear trigger and 13 5/8” from the front of the forward trigger to the back of the Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. The pad is set with a black spacer, we do not believe this to be the original pad, but it rates in about Excellent condition. The stocks rate in about Fine 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 88% of its metal finish. The edges of the barrel have thinning, the flats have scattered scuffs and light dings. The pewter nose cap has similar marks. The receiver has indexing wear and rubbing from being handled. The lower tang has light patina, the lock plate has mild frosting and fading of the case coloring. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The forward trigger, when set by the rear trigger, breaks crisp at 3 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: None.
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 is bright with sharp rifling, the stocks have extra burl and a gloss finish, completely snagging one’s eye upon first sight. Chambered for .40-65 Winchester, long range silhouette matches are this rifle’s prime directive but it is powerful enough to take large game. All that is needed is a rear sight and its off to the range for some paperwork. Please see our pictures and good luck.