Rare Sharps Model Foraging Conversion Rifle/Shotgun, Single Shot...
Item # 4093
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Currently US $1500 First bid $1500
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Started 2020-07-30 00:00:00
Ends 2020-08-29 02:00:00
 
   

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Rare Sharps Model Foraging Conversion Rifle/Shotgun, Single Shot Rifle/Shotgun, .52 Cal, MFG Antique, SN 40796, Lever Falling Block Action & Muzzle loader, 30'' round barrels, This gun started as a military rifle, but was adapted & converted by a competent civil war era gunsmith into a foraging gun. During Sherman's march to the sea they needed a versatile weapon to help maximize success while hunting to feed the troops. A muzzle loading shotgun barrel was added underneath the rifle barrel, along with an extended hammer & sideplate to the left side of the gun, a side extended percussion cap nipple & a hickory ramrod, giving the meat hunters both a rifle & shotgun. It carries dual triggers to fire the dual barrels. This same system has also been found on a few Spencers as they were also known to have been converted on the same trek. While somewhat crude, it was both ingenious & displays wonderful ingenuity. The top of the barrel is marked ''MODEL 1859'' behind the R.S. Lawrence folding leaf ladder rear sight with adjustable sliding dish aperture. The front sight is a blade. The lock is unmarked, receiver on left is marked ''C. SHARPS' PAT. SEPT. 12TH 1848''. The R.S. Lawrence 1859 patent date is located behind the hammer. The serial number is located on the top of tang. The rifle is mounted with a checkered walnut straight grip stock with case-hardened iron patch box with Ordnance punch dot inspection mark on the inside of the lid & steel carbine buttplate. The stock is very good & solid with several small nicks & dings. The metal surfaces all carry the a plum/brown patina with speckled pitting. Lower tang carries the sliding locking lug for the lever. Bore on rifle is good, with roughness, but decent rifling. The shotgun bore is fair with pitting. This is a true piece of Civil War history & a fantastic example of what it took to survive those difficult time.* Antique, No FFL Req. - Value: 3000 to 4500



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