Sharps New Model 1863 Carbine Metallic Cartridge
This is an example of one of the Civil War Sharps New Model 1863 Carbines that were converted by Sharps to fire the .50-70 Government center fire cartridge with a three groove barrel. The carbine has a brass front sight blade and folding, adjustable leaf rear sight graduated to 800 yards, and the percussion Lawrence pellet priming system. The top of the barrel is marked "NEW MODEL 1863" at the breech. The lock and the left side of the frame are marked with the Sharps patent marking with the serial number on the upper tang. Mounted with a smooth oil finished forearm and straight grip stock with a "DFC" ribbon cartouche on the left side.
BBL: 22 inch round
Gauge: 50-70 U.S. Govt
Serial Number: 53241
Very good. The barrel retains 70% original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina. The remaining metal surfaces have a mottled gray patina retaining traces of original case colors in the protected areas. The wood is good with a long hairline crack on the wrist and some minor pressure dents and scratches. Mechanically fine.