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Revised: 10/2/2013 

The buttstock was originally 13 1/2″. This gun has been shortened to 12 1/2″. The old buttplate may not be original. The title should have read #2 SHORT RANGE.

SCARCE SHARPS BORCHARDT NO. 2 MID-RANGE SINGLE SHOT TARGET RIFLE. SN 18333. Cal. 40-50 Sharps straight. Fine mid-range target rifle with 30″ tapered rnd bbl, windgage spirit level front sight, Lawrence patent 800 yd ladder rear sight & Sharps patented mid-range adjustable tang sight with 3″ staff. Bbl is marked “Old Reliable” and has the Bridgeport address. Also has caliber and case length marking on the left side over the chamber. It has single trigger. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with schnable tip checkered forearm, serpentine grip buttstock with replacement smooth hard rubber buttplate. According to Sharps Firearms, Sellers, there were only 31 No. 2 mid-range Borchardt rifles produced in the period Oct 1877 to Oct 1880 in a large variety of calibers and various bbl lengths making this a very rare Sharps rifle. PROVENANCE: Henry S. Morgan Jr. Estate Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl retains about 98% strong orig blue with a few scattered tiny spots of surface discoloration. Receiver retains most of its orig case colors, moderately faded on the sides, more faded on the top and turned silver on the bottom. Stock has a small repair in the comb from tang sight damage, otherwise wood is sound with a few minor handling & storage tiny nicks. Buttstock retains most of its strong orig finish & the forearm about 40% orig finish, with the balance hand-worn. Checkering on the buttstock shows light to moderate wear and on the forearm moderate to heavy wear. Mechanics are fine. Very bright, shiny bore. 4-49131 JR271 (5,000-8,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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