Here's a handsome looking Sharps M1863 Rifle. This particular Sharps is in great shape. All original from top to bottom, this rifle retains all of its original stamps and markings, which remain crisp and legible. The lock fuctions flawlessly on both full and half cock. The original percussion Lawrence Pellet Priming System remains in place in the lockplate. The lock plate stamps are all crisp and legible.
The block locks up nice and tight with no slop or play in the breech.
The barrel and bore are both in good shape. Both front and rear sights are original and functional; unmodified. The maker's stamps on the barrel are still present and mostly legible. The bore is about average for a Sharps - strong rifling but with some scattered pitting near the breech.
The stocks are in good shape. The butt stock is a replacement, although the replacement piece is an original with great inspector's cartouches.
All the hardware is original and matching with a great light patina and no rust. No military rifle collection is complete without a Sharps and this rifle would be a great shooter and collector's item!