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Sharps Rifles

Designed in 1848 by Christian Sharps, the Sharps rifle is a large-bore single-shot rifle. This falling-block rifle is extremely accurate, chambered in a powerful cartridge, and very reliable. Sharps rifles were so well built that models from the 19th century are often still functioning.

Sharps rifles were popular among civilians and military alike. The rifle was easy to convert to metallic cartridges and adopted by numerous military forces worldwide.

A number of firearms companies produce accurate replicas of this classic rifle. Famed reproduction companies including Uberti produce a period-accurate 1874 Sharps rifle. Shiloh rifles produces a classic design with several variations. These variations change barrel lengths, stock and sight options, and caliber options. These replicas are often of outstanding quality and offer an opportunity for shooters to fire a piece of history.


Quick Facts

  • In the Tom Selleck film "Quigley Down Under," the character of Quigley famously uses his Sharps rifle to great effect
  • Sharps rifles are also known as Beecher’s bibles, named after an armed anti-slavery advocate Henry Beecher
  • The lighter, shorter Sharps military carbine was popular. More than 90,000 were produced

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EARLY SHARPS GUN
Jun 09, 10:30 AM EDT
EARLY SHARPS GUN
by Farrin's country Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$5509 Bids
SHARPS NEW MODEL 1859 PERCUSSION CARBINE.
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
SHARPS NEW MODEL 1859 PERCUSSION CARBINE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $2,500- $4,000
$1,2001 Bid
SHARPS NEW MODEL 1863 CARTRIDGE CONVERSION
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
SHARPS NEW MODEL 1863 CARTRIDGE CONVERSION
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $2,750- $3,500
$1,3000 Bids
EARLY SHILOH RIFLE MFG. CO. SHARPS "OLD RELIABLE"
Jun 10, 10:00 AM EDT
EARLY SHILOH RIFLE MFG. CO. SHARPS "OLD RELIABLE"
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$6000 Bids
FANTASTIC FRESH TO MARKET SHARPS 1874 NO 1
Jun 10, 10:00 AM EDT
FANTASTIC FRESH TO MARKET SHARPS 1874 NO 1
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $35,000- $50,000
$17,0000 Bids
SHARPS NEW MODEL CARTRIDGE CONVERSION CARBINE.
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
SHARPS NEW MODEL CARTRIDGE CONVERSION CARBINE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,250
$7500 Bids
SHARPS NEW MODEL 1863 CARTRIDGE CONVERSION CARBINE
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
SHARPS NEW MODEL 1863 CARTRIDGE CONVERSION CARBINE
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
SHARPS MODEL 1853 SLANT BREECH MILITARY SADDLE
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
SHARPS MODEL 1853 SLANT BREECH MILITARY SADDLE
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
SHARPS NEW MODEL 1863 CARTRIDGE CONVERSION CARBINE
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
SHARPS NEW MODEL 1863 CARTRIDGE CONVERSION CARBINE
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,250
$7500 Bids
Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy Breechloading Carbine
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy Breechloading Carbine
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,600
$9000 Bids
Two Indian Wars Era Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbines
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Indian Wars Era Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbines
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,800- $2,750
$1,6000 Bids
Sharps 1874 Bridgeport Business Model Heavy Barrel Buffalo Rifle
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Sharps 1874 Bridgeport Business Model Heavy Barrel Buffalo Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $3,000- $4,500
$2,5000 Bids
Sharps Model 1878 Borchardt Military Single Shot Rifle
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Sharps Model 1878 Borchardt Military Single Shot Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,3000 Bids
Shiloh Sharps Model 1874 Single Shot Rifle in .45-110
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Shiloh Sharps Model 1874 Single Shot Rifle in .45-110
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,000- $3,500
$1,8000 Bids
Shiloh Sharps Model 1874 Single Shot Rifle
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Shiloh Sharps Model 1874 Single Shot Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,800- $2,750
$1,6000 Bids
Farmingdale Shiloh Rifle Mfg. Co. Sharps Model 1874 Rifle
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Farmingdale Shiloh Rifle Mfg. Co. Sharps Model 1874 Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,000- $3,500
$1,8000 Bids
Shiloh Sharps Model 1874 Single Shot Rifle
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Shiloh Sharps Model 1874 Single Shot Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,600- $2,500
$1,4000 Bids
Two Antique American Breech Loading Carbines
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Two Antique American Breech Loading Carbines
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,000- $3,250
$1,8000 Bids
Sharps New Model 1863 Percussion Carbine
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Sharps New Model 1863 Percussion Carbine
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,600
$9000 Bids
IAB Sharps 1874 Old Reliable Single Shot Rifle
Jun 05, 9:00 AM CDT
IAB Sharps 1874 Old Reliable Single Shot Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $400- $700
$3500 Bids
SHARPS MODEL 1874 SINGLE SHOT SPORTING RIFLE.
Jun 10, 10:00 AM EDT
SHARPS MODEL 1874 SINGLE SHOT SPORTING RIFLE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $1,750- $2,500
$8500 Bids
Two American Lever Action Long Arms
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Two American Lever Action Long Arms
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,600
$9000 Bids
Very Scarce Sharps & Hankins Model 1861 Commercial Type Carbine
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Very Scarce Sharps & Hankins Model 1861 Commercial Type Carbine
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $950- $1,400
$8500 Bids
SHARPS NEW MODEL 1859 BERDAN SHARPSHOOTERS
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
SHARPS NEW MODEL 1859 BERDAN SHARPSHOOTERS
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$2,5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sharps Rifles


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Holts Auctioneers

Holts Auctioneers

Farrin's country Auctions

Farrin's country Auctions