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Sharps Model 1859 Carbine
Common name: Sharps Carbine
Description: A Breech loading, .54 caliber weapon, the cavalry carbine was shorter and lighter than it's infantry counterpart. Approximately 115,000 of these carbines were made during the Civil War, and they were very popular with the troopers because of their reliability and resistance to fouling and jamming.
Employment at Sharpsburg: Many Federal cavalrymen were equipped with this weapon.
Ammunition Used: Caliber .54 bullet
Manufacturer: Sharps Rifle Manufg. Co Where made: Hartford, CT, USA Model: 1859 Year(s) made: 1859-1863
Length Overall: 39 inches Barrel/Tube Length: 22 inches Weight: 8 pounds
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