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Antique Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 Military Rifle

Currency:USD Category:Firearms & Military Start Price:750.00 USD Estimated At:NA
Antique Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 Military Rifle
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Antique Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 Lever Action Single-Shot Military Rifle, #19926, .45-70 Gov't. CF cal., 32-1/8'' round barrel with block-blade front (doubles as bayonet lug) and folding sliding-leaf rear sights, marked ''Old Reliable'' and ''Sharps Rifle Co. Bridgeport, Conn.'' ahead of breech; solid receiver has concealed hammer, combination trigger guard-operating lever that drops breechblock for loading-auto cartridge extraction, unique sliding trigger safety, sling swivel beneath, marked with maker's name, address, ser. no. and 1876 patent date in four lines on left side; steel mountings include two screw-retained barrel bands (upper with sling swivel), nosecap, slotted and knurled-tip cleaning rod and buttplate with coarse checkering; oil-stained two-piece walnut stocks. Mfg'd ca. 1878-81, in blued and case hardened finishes. Condition is very good retaining no original metal finishes but a clean, light gunmetal gray with sharp edges and markings. Stocks are solid and smooth having only minor marks to bottom edges. Action is smooth and tight; bore is bright with scattered light etching and sharp rifling. This Model 1878 military rifle is quite the rarity today, with approx. 6,900 produced more than 140 years ago. Est.: $1,500-$2,000. (Antique)*