Sharps Rifle Company: An American Classic

Ah the Sharps rifle, my nemesis. I say this because every time I am at the range shooting for distance, there seems to be an older guy or two shooting cast lead ammo through a Sharps using tang sights and black powder loads who make me look like a complete noobie. That being said, to me the Sharps is the most beautiful single shot breech loader to ever grace our planet.

While SHOT definitely has its fair share of tactical type guns, there is a section for stuff like this that I had to drool over. The rep laughed when I expressed my anger at being outshot by Sharps on numerous occasions but was happy to answer all my questions and tell me about his product line.



Various barrel lengths and calibers are available, and can be specified by the customer. Also, you can opt for either traditional case hardening or a fancy chemical case hardening that produces spectacular designs.




Yes, I’ll take a .50-100 please!

A smattering of peep sights are also available:



I have always wanted to get into long range black powder shooting, and I know when I do it will be with a Sharps. After all, those old guys who outshoot me at the range always tell me that smokeless poweder is just a fad!

Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • M.M.D.C.

    Very pretty. If you decided to get in to this kind of shooting it might make a good series for TFB. You could tie you interests in History in with the history of the gun and what you learn along the way. It would make some great contrasts: you with all the “old guys” and the 19th century technology with all the modern, high-cap weapons, etc.

    • You… I like you. To be truthful I have always wanted to get into this, but with the threat of pending legislation I am putting most of my money into firearms that could potentially be banned.

      • M.M.D.C.

        I can certainly understand that.

        I wonder if Steve Johnson could round up a T&E gun for you and perhaps even an ammo sponsor. It would be a great opportunity for some PR for Shiloh or Uberti.

        Here is a great little article on the subject:

      • Cymond

        “the threat of pending legislation I am putting most of my money into firearms that could potentially be banned”

        The same logic is keeping me away from C&R guns until my modern collection is complete, which could be a few years.

  • 277Volt

    Great article! Those BPCR shooters are a truly impressive bunch.

  • Lance

    Thank you Alex C for once a real gun shown not some crappy plastic toy the tacti cooler s slobber over.

    • Kyle

      Fudd detected. Cry me a river and keep your antiques, it saves room on the racks in the gun stores for something made within the last decade.

  • andrew

    I`ve loved the Sharps since I was little and Grampa would sit me down next to him to watch westerns. Hard to beat a nice case-hardening, that`s for sure!

  • Mark N.

    I so so so want one of these. In 45-70 Government. I was at their web site a few days ago, but couldn’t find their product listings or their prices.. maybe its one of those “if you have to ask…”

  • Mark N.

    Just did some checking, and I think there may be some confusion, as there are a couple of companies with Sharps in their name. Looking at the display of bullets, this would seem to be Shiloh Sharps Manufacturing, as opposed to C.Sharp Arms

    • Mark N.

      There is ALSO a Sharps Rifle Company, part of the Broadsword Group, and that is the company I could not locate. One of he companies under Broadsword makes the Reliabolt, and impressive piece of AR !5 hardware that may just be the best bolt on the market today.