A .45-70 (GOVT) SINGLE-SHOT RIFLE, MODEL 'SHARPS-BORCHARDT MILITARY RIFLE', serial no. 9375,
one of only 6900 produced between 1878-81, with 32 1/8in. barrel, block and blade fore-sight, short elevating ladder rear-sight with auxiliary 'battle-sight', the top of barrel near breech marked 'OLD RELIABLE' in script and 'SHARPS RIFLE CO. BRIDGEPORT CONN', slab-sided falling-block receiver with colour hardened hammerless block, the left side of receiver marked 'BORCHARDT PATENT' over 'SHARPS RIFLE CO. BRIDGEPORT CONN. USA.', walnut butt-stock, chequered iron heel-plate, colour hardened under-lever with sliding safe behind the trigger, walnut full-length fore-end with two iron barrel-bands and nose-cap, iron clearing rod, the whole retaining a strong amount of finish (barrel possibly a period reblue)
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S1 - Sold as a Section 1 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act