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Sharps Model 1859 Carbine


Sharps Carbine (reproduction)
Sharps Carbine (reproduction)

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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