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Original U.S. Sharps Borchardt Old Reliable Model 1878 Breechloading Military Rifle - Serial 18839

Regular price $2,695.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878 is a single shot hammerless falling block action rifle designed by Hugo Borchardt and made by the Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company. It closely resembles older Sharps Rifle but has firing mechanism uses a hammerless striker rather than a hammer and firing pin like the old Sharps Rifle. It was the last of the Sharps single-shot rifles, and the Borchardt did not sell very well. Some 22,000 rifles were made in all models from 1877 till Sharps Rifle Co. closed down in 1881. The vast majority of these were military rifles.

This is a fine example of a totally original Sharps Borchardt Old Reliable Model 1878 Breechloading Military Rifle with the original rare cleaning rod. Serial number 18839, government .45-70 caliber, 32 1/8 inch round barrel, standard finishes and markings, original bluing with original walnut stock.

The top of the barrel is marked "Old Reliable" in script and "SHARPS RIFLE CO. BRIDGEPORT. CONN." behind the rear sight. The left side of the receiver is marked "SHARPS RIFLE CO. BRIDGEPORT CONN." with the serial number 18839 stamped below. It is equipped with a square base blade front sight, military ladder rear sight and sliding trigger safety. Military style stock with two barrel bands and checkered steel butt plate making this a very fine example of an extremely hard to find antique gun!

Note: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are no able to ship to the United Kingdom. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services.

Shipping Restrictions

    This product is not available for shipping in US state(s)
    New Jersey

    This product is available for international shipping.

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  • IMA considers all of our antique guns as non-firing, inoperable and/or inert. Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 921(a)(16) defines antique firearms as all guns made prior to 1899. This law exempts antique firearms from any form of gun control or special engineering because they are not legally considered firearms. No FFL, C&R or any license is required to posses, transport, sell or trade Antique guns. All rifles and muskets sold by IMA that were manufactured prior to 1899 are considered Antiques by the US BATF (United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms). Therefore, all of IMA's Antique guns may be shipped to all US States and most nations around the world.

    These antique guns are not sold in "live" condition. They are sold as collector's items or as "wall hangers". Any attempt at restoring an antique gun to be operational is strongly discouraged and is done so at the risk of the customer. By purchasing an antique gun from IMA you thereby release IMA, its employees and corporate officers from any and all liability associated with use of our Antique guns.

    Pre-1899 Manufacture, no licenses required, allowed to ship to almost any deliverable address across the globe. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services.

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