Only 6,150 New Model 1863 rifles with front sights doubling as bayonet lugs were manufactured (C,30000-C,40000 range) compared to over 60,000 New Model 1863 carbines, making them a desirable Sharps variation. It has the standard markings and features, three barrel bands, sling swivels mounted below the middle band and below the buttstock, single letter inspection marks on various parts, "T.W.R." (Thomas W. Russell) inspection initials on the left flat of the breech end of the barrel, "N.S.P." inspection initials marked on the underside flat of the forearm ahead of the trigger guard, and two faint boxed script inspection cartouches on the left of the wrist including "AWM" (barely legible).
Very good, retaining 40% original blue finish on the barrel with brown patina on the balance, scattered freckling, and thinning at the muzzle end. Traces of original case colors concentrated on the lock and left of the frame with gray patina on the balance and mild spotting. Wood is also very good with scattered scratches and dents, general period wear, and chips ahead of the forearm screw (screw is slightly marred). Mechanically excellent.
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