Italian Pedersoli Sharps Model 1874 32” 45-70 U.S. Gov Single Shot Rifle

SOLD FOR: $1,475

WOA: WY240301PM003

Make: Pedersoli

Model: Sharps Model 1874 Sporting No. 3

Serial Number: SH5505

Year of Manufacture: Modern

Caliber: 45-70 Gov.

Action Type: Single Shot Breech Loading, Falling Block, with set triggers.

Markings: The tang is marked “SH5505”.The bottom of the barrel is marked “CABELA’S / SIDNEY, NE. SH5505 PEDERSOLI CAL. 45-70  -MADE IN ITALY-.” The receiver is stamped with several proofs. The block and lever are both stamped “505”.

Barrel Length: 32” “Light” Octagon Barrel.

Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a Globe front sight with a circle post insert. The rear sight is a flip-up ladder marked from 2-8 with a small notch sight when the ladder is folded down. Both front and rear sights are dovetailed into the barrel. This rifle also includes a tang mounted Soule Style micrometer rear sight with multi aperture wheel eyepiece.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece checkered walnut. The buttstock is a straight grip, straight comb and has a case colored smooth buttplate. The handguard features a Schnabel forend. The forend has depressions and lines scattered throughout the Schnabel part of the forend. The stock also has some lines and compression on the bottom of the stock just in front of the buttplate. The color case hardened buttplate has no wear. The LOP measures 14″ from the front trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.

Type of Finish: The barrel is blued and the receiver, lever and hammer are color case hardened.

Finish Originality: All Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no visible erosion. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few very small nicks in the blueing on the barrel. The receiver also has several small nicks.  The screw heads are undamaged sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good to Excellent condition.

Mechanics: This rifle has double set triggers, which function correctly. The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: The Pedersoli 1874 Sharps rifle in .45-70 Government caliber is a faithful reproduction of one of the most iconic and legendary firearms in American history. The original Sharps rifles were renowned for their accuracy, reliability, and durability, making them a favorite among long-range shooters, hunters, and military units during the late 19th century. Pedersoli is known for its meticulous attention to detail and commitment to historical accuracy in its firearm reproductions. The 1874 Sharps rifle faithfully replicates the design and aesthetics of the original Sharps rifles, ensuring an authentic shooting experience for enthusiasts and collectors. Chambered in .45-70 Government, the Pedersoli 1874 Sharps rifle is capable of firing the powerful and versatile .45-70 cartridge. Originally developed for military use, the .45-70 Government cartridge is known for its effectiveness on game and its long-range capabilities. The 32-inch barrel on the Pedersoli 1874 Sharps rifle provides an extended sight radius, which contributes to improved accuracy and precision at longer distances. The longer barrel length also helps maximize the velocity and energy of the .45-70 cartridge. Equipped with a globe front sight and a Soule-style rear sight, the rifle offers precise and easily adjustable aiming points for shooters. The Soule-style rear sight allows for precise elevation and windage adjustments to fine-tune the point of impact at various distances. Pedersoli rifles are renowned for their excellent craftsmanship and build quality. The 1874 Sharps rifle is no exception, featuring a robust and durable construction that can withstand the rigors of extended shooting sessions and harsh outdoor conditions. Versatile and highly capable, the Pedersoli 1874 Sharps rifle is suitable for a variety of shooting disciplines, including long-range target shooting, black powder cartridge competitions, and hunting. Its accuracy, reliability, and historical significance make it a prized possession for collectors and a highly capable firearm for shooters. Overall, the Pedersoli 1874 Sharps rifle with a 32-inch barrel, globe front sight, and Soule-style rear sight offers both collectors and shooters an authentic and enjoyable shooting experience reminiscent of the Old West era. Please see our photos and best of luck with your bidding!!!-R.L.

Italian Pedersoli Sharps Model 1874 32” 45-70 U.S. Gov Single Shot Rifle
Italian Pedersoli Sharps Model 1874 32” 45-70 U.S. Gov Single Shot Rifle