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Antique CIVIL WAR SHARPS New Model 1859 Breech Loading CONVERSION CARBINE Converted Post-War to Smoothbore 20 Gauge Shotgun!
Antique CIVIL WAR SHARPS New Model 1859 Breech Loading CONVERSION CARBINE
Converted Post-War to Smoothbore 20 Gauge Shotgun!
Here we present an antique Sharps New Model 1859 Breech Loading Infantry Carbine, made circa 1859 in Hartford, Connecticut and converted to a 20 gauge shotgun sometime thereafter. There is a reason the good name of Sharps has lasted to the current day, reaching nearly legendary status. Those made prior to and during the American Civil War, from 1861-1865, were popular with the troops. They were handy, accurate, powerful and reliable guns, and many went to the Western Frontier as trappers, explorers and settlers moved that way.
One of the most famous of the Civil War sharpshooting arms, this smoothbore Sharps originally used paper cartridge ammunition, and either fulminate of mercury wafers or percussion caps for ignition. In the North, several regiments were provided with this arm by citizens who paid to equip and train them. These regiments repeatedly were able to successfully engage four times their number of their enemy because of the rapid fire capability and accuracy of their Sharps rifles. Some of the more famous units to use this rifle was Colonel Hiram Berdan’s “U.S. Sharp Shooters”, perhaps the first specialty troops in the history of modern warfare, as well as the 5th New York (Duryea’s Zouaves) and the 13th Pennsylvania Reserves (Bucktails).
The overall condition is very good+. The action is excellent. The bore is shiny bright and smooth. A cartouche on the left buttstock reads “DFC”, for Sub-Ordnance Inspector David F. Clark who served in this position from 1861 through 1886. Here is a great old carbine that would look fantastic above the fireplace or in the office!
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: .62 (20 Gauge)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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