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Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
This is the Sharps New Model 1863, straight breech, breech-loading single shot rifle. It was manufactured 1863-1865; about 6000 were made. These straight breech models were a definite improvement over the earlier slant breech types and are the most common of the Sharps rifles and carbines, accounting for about 65% of total production. This model saw extensive use in the Civil War among Union forces.
BARREL: SHARPS RIFLE/MANUFG. CO./HARTFORD, CONN. AND NEW MODEL 1863. RCVR: C. SHARP'S PAT./SEPT. 12TH 1848. LOCKPLATE: R.S. LAWRENCE/1859.
Sharps New Model 1863
As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Cody Firearms Museum. If you are making a special trip, please double-check before visiting.