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US Sharps Model 1848 Carbine

  • American Civil War
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Originally designed by Christian Sharps in 1848, The Sharps was one of the longest lasting early carbine rifles made in America. Over 120,000 were produced. The weapon was around 47-inches long and fired a .52 caliber lead shot to a maximum effective range of 1,000 yards. The Sharps was renowned for it's stopping power (and was favored by Buffalo Hunters in The American West). Adopted by The US Army (Cavalry), the weapons was a natural fit for mounted troops. The Sharps was a standard issue weapon to many US Cavalry Units during The American Civil War (with many captured versions finding their way into The Confederacy as well). By the 1870s, a brass cartridge version was developed and used. The Sharps was a breech loading weapons, which allowed for 7-shots. The rounds were loaded into a brass tube located in the rear stock. Spring loaded and fed, they suffered some jamming and miss fire issues. By the 1890s The US Army had stopped using The Sharps. It is still manufactured in sporting versions to this day.