Sharps Rifle Replica Civil War 1859 - UK
Reference Number G1141
Detailed Description: Introduced in 1859 this breech loading rifle was prized for it's accuracy and was used by many Union marksmen during the Civil war.
This replica features a hardwood stock, metal construction and a working action.
Features: Finish: Antique Grey Length: 49.25" Weight: 5.4 lbs
The Sharps Rifles were extremely well regarded & considered to have excellent accuracy at long ranges.
Several calibres where in service by 1874 & had been purchased by the military of several countries around the world.
The place in the history of the old west is echoed today in its inclusion in many books & movies about the period.
The Sharps Company also produced a sporting versions of the rifle between the late 1840s and the late 1880s. Once the American Civil War had concluded, converted Sharps rifles from Army surplus stores began to be converted into custom versions.
Further versions where produced between 1869 and 1874 by the Sharps Company in significant quantities for both professional buffalo hunters & frontiersmen.
The illustration on this page is by Alfred Waud depicting showing soldiers of the 1st Maine Cavalry using Sharps carbines in action at the battle of Middleburg. The soldier kneeling is firing at the enemy, while the soldier standing behind him can be seen feeding a new cartridge into the chamber