37. Sharps Sporting Rifle

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serial #C,2011, 45 2 6/10", 30" octagon barrel with a good plus bore that is mostly bright but shows a couple patches of oxidation. This is an interesting rifle built on a Sharps New Model 1863 cartridge converted carbine frame. The barrel is numbered on the underside "2011" and it bears all proper Bridgeport markings including the "Old Reliable" moniker and it is caliber marked on the left flat "45 2 6/10". In addition to being rebarreled by Sharps, it was also fitted with a set of factory adjustable set triggers. The condition is nice with the barrel retaining an even light brown patina with all markings remaining legible. The surfaces of the barrel are very smooth with the exception of a few light dings and bruises, several of which are in the area of the "Old Reliable" marking. The action and lock retain lots of original color case-hardened finish which has faded to a mostly German silver color. The left side of the action shows the very neatly factory filled sling bar hole and the buttstock and the sling bar base remains in the stock, polished smooth and now acting simply as a washer for the rear lockplate screw. The condition of the wood is excellent with some added oil finish present, the forend appears to have been lightly cleaned before the oil was added. The top of the butt at the heel shows inspector's initials "H.H.H." neatly stamped. The rifle is sighted with a German silver Rocky Mountain front and a buckhorn rear with folding leaf and sliding sighting notch. A very neat example of a Sharps sporting rifle built in Bridgeport after 1876 using an earlier Hartford military carbine action. (18397-22) {ANTIQUE} (2500/3500) SOLD FOR $3,737.50

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