Beating Industry Expectations: Sharps Rifle Company Expands their Manufacturing


While many firearm companies in the last year are having layoffs, consolidation or talk of bankruptcy, Sharps Rifle Company looks to expand. They recently dropped a press release statement through “The Shooting Wire” on July 12th detailing their excited expansion.

Expansion of the Sharps Rifle Company has begun by increasing manufacturing capabilities with a multimillion dollar facilities expansion. The company is consolidating manufacturing with a new location on the Treasure Coast of Florida. Company management sees growth opportunities in the rifle parts business as natural expansion of its successful 25-45 rifle line and bolt carrier business. Sharps will retain its Glenrock Wyoming location now dedicated to ammunition production, delivery fulfillment, and customer service.

‘I am personally excited to see this phase of our growth plan materialize, while others have retreated from expansion Sharps has invested heavily in new machining capabilities and in the human capital required to deliver the same innovative, high quality rifles and components that have been the trademark of the Sharps brand since 1848.’ stated company CEO Jay Johnston.

With this expansion, Sharps brings online a high capacity state of the art production facility centered on producing the highest quality rifle barrels and high demand firearm parts. This will be accomplished via recently acquired, technologically advanced, precision CNC and Gundrill machines. The initial launch will focus on producing small arms barrels in Premium, Match, Ultra Match grades. Several OEM contracts are in hand and initial deliveries are slated for August 1, 2017. Sharps remains dedicated to delivering and exceeding the standards the world expects from the continuation of the Christian Sharps legacy.

‘I am proud to have joined the Sharp’s team after my many years of experience in firearms manufacturing. I am dedicated to enhancing production capabilities and expanding product offerings by Sharps. My focus is on manufacturing high quality components through efficient, streamlined and precision applied techniques at our new state of the art facility in Florida as well as our proven operation in Wyoming’ stated Director of Manufacturing Eric Iverson.

Sharps Rifle Company looks forward to a prosperous venture in the State of Florida and continued success in the State of Wyoming.

While I will not debate the usefulness of the .25-45 Sharps here, the Sharps Rifle Company has had a strong enough demand where they have found it necessary to expand. Regardless of how you feel about the caliber or the company, that is good news for the firearms industry as a whole. Rising tide raises all ships. Hopefully more companies in the industry see a trend of growth and expansion throughout the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2017 as well.

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • USMC03Vet

    All that paid shilling Demolition Range does paid off.

    • Gun Fu Guru

      I blame Sootch more.

    • Aaron

      Envy is an ugly thing…

      • USMC03Vet

        You’re mistaking legit criticism for envy.

  • Spencerhut

    Fools and their money . . .

    • Independent George

      While I don’t see the benefits of 25-45, their balanced bolt carrier actually seems to work as advertised, and they did right by their customers during their recall.

      On the other hand, I can’t help but roll my eyes at new companies that ‘resurrect’ an old brand just for name recognition (Springfield, Henry, etc.), but I guess it works.

      • nova3930

        I bought one of the relia-bolts with the DLC coating and have been pretty impressed thus far.

        • Marcus D.

          I saw these when they first came out, and they looked interesting, but then they started cracking their lugs, and I hadn’t heard anything since. I assume they somehow weathered that storm.

      • Haulin’ Oats

        The benefit is you can your AR for hunting if you choose 25-45 which has more energetic punch with in 100 yards than 223.

        • Independent George

          Understood, but is that any superior to the multitude of 7.62×39 or 300 Blackout uppers available? Even 6.5 Grendel or 6.8 SPC has its adherents, and seem far more widely used than 25-45. Heck, I see a ton of 6.5 Creedmoor uppers on the market, even though I’d bet most shooters never go beyond 100 yards.

          I see all of those rounds more often than I see 25-45.

          • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

            The only thing .25-45 has going for it is that it can be reloaded by resizing .223 brass. If you reload and have piles of .223 brass and .223 is too small (or illegal for hunting in your state) and .300blk is too slow for your tastes then .25-45 might be the ticket. Its quite a niche though and definitely not for the majority of people.

        • Stan Darsh

          According to Sharps’s own Data, the ballistics of 87gr @ 3000 fps and 1700 ft-lbs is from the 24″ bbl. Compare that to 6.8spc 90 gr from a 20″ bbl @ 2984 fps and more than 1700 ft-lbs.

          • Sabrina Gray

            Yep, but you need to buy a new BCG, bolt and barrel with the 6.8SPC, but all you need is the barrel for the .25-45…

    • John

      I know, right? Now let me get the new MHS Glock in Dung Brown with the tactical safety that looks as dangerous as the exposed sear on a Nambu pistol. That’s certainly worth MY money!


  • Destro Yakisoba

    As to the 25-45 . It certainly would be nice to see more projectile designs available for the handloader. An 87gr fmj is not setting the world on fire. The 100gr round nose “Swine Smasher” would be interesting to have available. If they have all of this precision cnc machining equipment why not get creative with projectile design also? I feel this cartridge will continue to be boring until a bonded, OTM, and or a monolithic copper projectiles are available.

  • Wood

    Screw this company sideways for thieving the Sharps name to slap on yet another AR-whoopie-doo. The Sharps name evokes finely crafted walnut and pack hardened steel, and accuracy to and beyond 1,000 yards without those new-fangled glassy tubes. And with enough energy to be useful, not tumbling mousefart boolits.

  • Pistol Pete

    Wishing a gun company would consider building a factory in Idaho as we are a pro-gun state.

    • RazorHawk

      I bet labor and electricity costs are cheaper too, and lower taxes to boot.

    • BeGe1

      Unfortunately it costs too much to move all the potatoes in order to make enough space for a manufacturing facility.

  • Marcus D.

    I’d druther it was C. Sharps Company that was expanding. I covet their 1885 Highwall, to be exact. In 45-70 Sharps.

    • Sandydog

      1885 ‘Highwalls’ were produced by Winchester, on a John Browning patent design. They still make them in limited numbers from time to time.
      Sharps produced the Sharps-Borchardt rifle starting in 1878. It was designed by Hugo Borchardt, whose later pistol design led to the Luger.
      The guns are similar, but not the same–both falling-block single shots, but the S-B has a striker, the 1885 an exposed hammer.