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Original 1851 Slant Breach Sharps Sporting Rifle
« on: August 24, 2019, 06:44:24 PM »
I just got this 1851 Sharps rifle with Maynard primer system. It is a 60 bore (approx. 42 caliber)  According to Frank Sellers only 193 1851's were produced. Of these only 30 with round barrel and 60 bore were made. I am fortunate to be it's new "caretaker"!!
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Re: Original 1851 Slant Breach Sharps Sporting Rifle
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2019, 08:04:55 PM »
I don't know anything about this rifle but it sure is cool.   Nice find Terry.

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Re: Original 1851 Slant Breach Sharps Sporting Rifle
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2019, 01:15:55 PM »
I'm with Mike. I don't know anything about it, but I sure want too! It looks like a really neat rifle. I would like to know a lot more about it.
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Re: Original 1851 Slant Breach Sharps Sporting Rifle
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2019, 02:49:13 PM »
This is one of the earliest Sharps Slant Breech production rifles, made between Nov. 1 1852 and April 1, 1855. These were also call "Box Lock: models. The Slant Breach models were distinct . 1851, 1852, 1853 and 1855. The Sporting Rifle was chambered in 3 calibers. At the time Sharps used the English system. The Sporting Rifle came in 3 Bores. 32 Bore 60 Bore and 90 Bore.


The stock is walnut, brass hardware. Stock was varnished and barrels browned. The receiver and lever were case hardened. The fore arm tip was cast pewter.

Apparently a very few of the last 1851's had blued barrels. Single triggers, like mine were standard. double set triggers were and option. Apparently almost half were double set.


There are serial numbers barrel, receiver, wood forearm, patch box cover, Maynard tape primer cover etc.

Hope this helps give you a better understanding.

I will not be shooting this gun as I am NOT the owner but merely it's caretaker. When I meet my maker it will be donated to the Montana Historical Society so others may enjoy it..
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Re: Original 1851 Slant Breach Sharps Sporting Rifle
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2019, 09:50:45 AM »
That one is indeed rare and collectible, Terry. Congrats on a nice find!
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