Civil War Sharps Model 1863 Percussion Carbine

25 Aug

Serial number C.29758, caliber .52. This breechloading cavalry carbine fired a linen wrapped cartridge utilizing a Sharps pellet primer fed automatically from a magazine contained in the lockplate. This has a 22″ round barrel with a matching serial number and a bright six groove bore having even fine pitting for the last two inches at the muzzle. The left side of the chamber has clear inspector’s initials “M.N.M.” The left side of the buttstock under the sling bar has two partially legible inspectors’ cartouches. The belly of the buttstock has a legibly stamped rack number “77” and several scribed ‘scorekeeping’ lines. All of the metal has a gray patina with very fine pinprick pitting on the barrel, lever, and lower tang (two of the tang screws with medium pitting). All of the factory lettering on the frame and lockplate is in fine condition, the barrel markings are only partially legible. The stocks show normal light handling marks and several small dings in the buttstock. The pellet priming mechanism is complete and the lock works well. The original sling ring is present and is wrapped in old twine to cut down on noise. This is a late model 1863 and was made without a patchbox. RR Auction COA.

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