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Sharps Rifle History

Sharps rifles, a series of single-shot, large bore rifles that has become synonymous with the Old West in America ceased production in 1881. But not to worry. Today there are still reproductions being produced by a number of manufacturers, including Pedersoli and Chiappa. The original sharps rifle was designed by Christian Sharps in 1848. Two years after the patent for the gun was secured, A.S. Nippes at Mill Creek in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, began manufacturing the gun. It was prized for its long range accuracy. Several versions were produced subsequently, with the Model 1851 begetting the Model 1853, which begat the Model 1874, which begat the Sharpes-Borchardt Model 1878, the last rifle the Sharps Rifle, Co. produced before closing. The model numbers are based on the year they were produced. The military Sharps rifle or Berdan Sharps rifle was a lightly-used, sharp-shooting weapon during the Civil War. The carbine version was more popular. Sharps Rifles in Pop Culture The gun's association with the Wild West and the Civil War is aided by versions appearing in films, such as Hondo; The Outlaw Josey Wales; Dances With Wolves; Gettysburg; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly; Wyatt Earp, Quigley Down Under, Legends of the Fall, Jonah Hex, and both versions of True Grit.

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