.45-100 (.45 2.6"). 34" octagon to round barrel. SN: A74-165. Blued and color casehardened finish, checkered pistol-gripped figured walnut stock with checkered forend and checkered steel shotgun buttplate. Top flat of barrel marked with "OLD RELIABLE" trademark, as well as "SHARPS RIFLE CO. BRIDGEPORT. CONN." and "CALIBER 45". Receiver marked on reverse "SHARPS ARMS CO, INC/BIG TIMBER, MT USA" over the serial number and marked "K HURST". Receiver and lock engraved by Ken Hurst with delicately executed flowing foliate Arabesque scrolls with the central panel of lock featuring a pronghorn and the central panels of the receiver featuring a buffalo on the obverse and an erect grizzly bear on the reverse. Long range vernier tang sight, fully adjustable globe front sight. A really lovely example of an embellished very high grade modern recreation of the classic Sharps target rifle.
Provenance:The Collection of Larry Ness
Very fine. Showing little if any use with some minute thinning of the blue along the high edges and contact points, receiver with most of the vibrant case color. Markings crisp, mechanically functional, fine bright bore. Wood very fine with crisp checkering and a couple of minute surface handling marks.
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