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Old April 10, 2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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1863 Sharps Carbine Marking?

I have what I believe to be an 1863 Sharps carbine that was converted to .50-70 Government after the Civil War. The serial number is 77860. It has all the proper markings except for no model number, such as "New Model 1863" or similar behind the rear sight. And it doesn't appear that the area is worn where a marking should be. Did all Sharps carbines have some kind of model designation behind the rear sight?

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Old April 11, 2011, 11:42 PM   #2
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Here are some pictures of an original Sharps 1863 carbine. I can't see any markings behind the rear sight.
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Old April 12, 2011, 08:11 AM   #3
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1863 Sharps Carbine Marking

Thanks for the reply, but on the link you provided the third photo from the left on the fifth row from the bottom clearly shows "New Model 1863" behind the rear sight. Mine has no discernable marking.
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Old April 12, 2011, 03:19 PM   #4
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All those conversions were refinished by Sharps, so it is very possible that the original barrel marking was removed in the process, especially if the area had rust and had to be polished down. The barrels generally were lined, not replaced.

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