Approximately 6,150 Sharps New Model 1863 Military rifles with a front sight doubling as a bayonet lug were manufactured in the C,30000-C,40000 serial range, compared to over 60,000 New Model 1863 carbines, making them a desirable and scarce Sharps variation. Iron blade front and Lawrence patent ladder rear sight with 900 yard center notch mounted on the blued barrel with three barrel bands. Casehardened barrel bands, receiver, hammer, trigger guard lever, lower tang, patch box, and buttplate. The left side of the wrist has faint remnants of two boxed script inspection cartouches. Two piece walnut stock with iron patch box.
Very good, retains 25% original blue finish on the barrel, a mix of smooth gray and brown patina on the casehardened components, scattered light to mild brown spotting on the balance overall, and sharp markings on the barrel and receiver. Wood is good as lightly sanded and re-oiled with numerous scattered dents and scratches, a chipped sliver on the right of the forend below the barrel line, and a few moderate chips at the toe. Mechanically excellent.
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