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1869 Sharps Long Range Rifle

Currency:USD Category:Firearms & Military / Long Guns - Rifles Start Price:2,000.00 USD Estimated At:4,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD
1869 Sharps Long Range Rifle
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A J.P.LOWER marked Sharps 45-110 Caliber black powder cartridge classic sharps rifle. A military/civilian 3 barrel band long range Sharps rifle that was found by Mike Star, the original owner in 1900. Star was born in 1833 and Star is the grandfather of the current owner. A complete history of the gun comes with the gun. This beautiful piece is marked; Old Reliable” in script and “Sharps Rifle Co. Bridgeport, Conn.” In block letters on the barrel forward of the ‘R.S. Lawrence’ ladder sight calibrated to 800 yards. Forward of the sight, between the receiver and the sight on the barrel is; J.P. LOWER CAL.45”. Above that is stamped; “2 7/16” denoting “45-110” Caliber. On the left receiver below the hammer is stamped “SHARPS RIFLE CO PAT APR 6 1869” in a two line address. John Pray Lower was a gunsmith born in 1833 Philadelphia. He apprenticed with gun dealer /trader J.C. Grubb. He worked with him abroad and throughout the U.S. He owned a gun shop where he sold guns and ammunition as well as fishing and camping supplies. He primarily was a gunsmith from Denver Colorado and he had a contract with the Sharps Company, among others, to handle, repair and sell Sharps rifles. He died in 1917 This rifle was most likely a 45-70 Government caliber as to the configuration of the stock and was custom enhanced by J.P.Lower to be re chambered for the Sharps Buffalo round of 45-110 caliber black powder cartridge, most likely a paper patch round. This gun also has an improved J.P.Lower blade front sight. This gun has excellent bore, nice furniture, and excellent working action. The rear military lanyard has been professionally removed, conducive of a civilian arm. The right side stock has the steel patch box used on earlier percussion sharps and carried over to the “74” model’ an excellent working piece of classic American history that is reminiscence of fine American large caliber and long range rifle history. Date: Location: HWAC # 45759