ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: 1874 Sharps Rifle, M1 Carbine Paratrooper and More

by Sam.S

As I get older and the world changes in so many ways, one thing that thankfully always feels the same to me is Christmas and the holiday season in general. Whether it is decorating the tree or chatting with my family, there is always something that makes me think back to when I was younger and Santa was a thing. I remember the top three things on my list as a kid; a Daisy Red Ryder bb gun, a plasma ball, and a paintball gun. Santa only felt like a Red Ryder was good enough so that is what I ended up with and as beat to crap, as it is, I still have it and cherish it as much as the day I opened it up.

Things have changed and as I am a grown-up now, the magic of dreaming of Santa showing up and giving me a gift has faded just like in the movies. I hope Santa would understand and consider getting me at least one of the items in the top three list right now. Listen up Santa! I am all grown up but these are what I would like to find under the tree!

Taylors & Company 1874 Sharps

I am a simple guy. I like hunting and I like anything old school. A long-barreled Sharps rifle in 45-70 would be a dream to not only take to the range but also to potentially take some game with. Who wouldn’t want a classic photograph of themselves with their sharps rifle next to their fresh big game kill?

1874 Sharps Rifle .45-70 32” Octagonal, Schnabel Forend

$1,418 MSRP

Best known as a buffalo-hunting gun, the Sharps sporting rifle became known as the “Old Reliable” by those who hunted buffalo for their hides. Among those associated with the rifles were Billy Dixon, Buffalo Bill Cody, Bat Masterson and others who used the big single-shot to maximum effect on the seemingly endless herds of buffalo. Reproducing the Sharps at a reasonable price was a challenge for modern manufacturers because of its sliding breechblock and many angles and corners. It has been accomplished, however, and Taylor & Co. is proud to offer the colorful, high quality 1874 Sporting Rifle in a variety of barrel lengths and calibers for hunting and target shooting.

  • CALIBER: .45-70
  • WEIGHT: 10.6 lbs
  • FINISH: Blue Finish with Case Hardened Frame and Double Set Trigger
  • GRIP/STOCK: Walnut
  • SIGHTS: Rear Buckhorn With Front Blade
Wm. Malcolm 3/4” Telescopic Rifle Scope 32”

$475 MSRP

The 32″ scope is right at home on either 1840-1860 style long-range muzzle-loaded bullet rifles or wide range of late 1800s black powder rifles. Field of view at 100 Yards is 10 Feet. Weight is 32.50 ounces. Scope tube is 3/4″ in diameter. Comes with malcolm style mount. Additional bases may be needed to mount the scope depending on what gun you have. Please refer to the mount guide on the main scope page or call Taylor’s at 540-722-2017.

  • LENGTH: 32″
  • MAGNIFICATION: Fixed 6X Power
Sharps Side Mount Set (Front & Rear)

$69 MSRP

. WARNING: You must install the mount securely before you shoot the rifle. This should be done by a competent gunsmith.

Dead Air Odessa 9

I am pretty new to suppressors and after getting initiated with a Dead Air Mask I am starting to crave something more. I love shooting pistols and 9mm being the most common and frequent it only seems right to get a thin and modular can. I recently picked up a Nagant revolver and plan to thread that up being it features a gas seal. The Odess-9 would look perfectly fitting on an old school revolver as much as any threaded pistol I will one day own as a result.

Dead Air Armament Odessa-9

$899 MSRP

The Odessa-9 features a 1.1″ tube, allowing you to fully utilize your stock sights. That’s right, the Odessa-9 is almost as small as our Mask. It is also fully modular and can be shot in multiple configurations. 10 to be exact (well, 11 if you don’t use ANY baffles). If you stack only four baffles you’ll be close to, or below, hearing safe levels with subsonic ammunition. Stack on the full 11 baffles and we’ve hovered just shy of 122dB with HUSH subsonic ammo. With the smaller tube and this much modularity, your suppressed handgun life just got easier.

  • RATING: 22LR, 22MAG, 17HMR, 5.7X28MM (FNH), 32 AUTO, 380 AUTO, 9MM
  • LENGTH (With Piston / Without): 8.25″ / 7.75″
  • WEIGHT (With Piston & Spring / Without): 10.1 oz. / 7.4 oz.
  • DIAMETER: 1.1 in.
  • FINISH: Black Nitride
  • MINIMUM BARREL LENGTH: No restrictions
  • PISTONS: 1/2×28, M13.5X1 LH (The Odessa-9 is compatible with legacy pistons such as those from Silencerco and Rugged Suppressors.)
  • FIXED MOUNTS: 1/2×28, M13.5X1 LH
Odessa-9 Piston

$89 MSRP

Odessa-9 Fixed Mount

$89 MSRP

Auto-Ordnance M1 Carbine Paratrooper

Whether you are an avid collector or self-made historian of WW2, it is hard to beat the M1 Carbine in terms of Iconic WW2 firearms. The Paratrooper M1 Carbine is arguably the most sought-after variant and to be fair it looks amazing. I have had the chance to handle one and they are by no means comfortable but man is it incredibly surreal to hold and imagine being an Airborne soldier in the 1940s.

M1 Carbine, Paratrooper

$1,253 MSRP

The Auto-Ordnance M1 .30 Caliber carbine is produced in Kahr’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Worcester, MA. The Auto-Ordnance carbines are produced using newly manufactured parts on high precision computerized machinery.

Markings include the following: Auto-Ordnance, Worcester, MA behind the rear sight; U.S. Carbine, Cal. 30 ML on the receiver in front of the bolt and the serial number is engraved on the left side of the receiver.

  • CALIBER: .30 Caliber (30 Carbine)
  • BARREL: 18″
  • WEIGHT:  5 lbs. 6 oz.
  • LENGTH:  35 3/4″ overall, 25 3/4″ (Folded)
  • CONSTRUCTION:  Walnut folding stock, wood handguard
  • FINISH: Parkerized
  • SIGHT: Blade front sight, flip style rear sight
  • STOCK: Walnut
  • MAGAZINE:  One 15 Shot sick
  • WARRANTY: 1 year
Auto-Ordnance Morale Patch Bundle

$17.98 MSRP

M1 Carbine Pin

$3.99 MSRP

Hope everyone out there has a happy holiday season! We appreciate all of you guys out there that tune in and read. Stay safe and have a good New Year!

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  • Lee Enfield Lee Enfield on Dec 25, 2020

    If you think a Hi-point grip is the worst in the gun world than you apparently have laid your hands on a M1 carbine. Completely turned me off from wanting one. The upside is that it saved me a ton of money.

  • JJJingleheimerSchmidt JJJingleheimerSchmidt on Dec 25, 2020

    I like the 30 carbine I have all right but there's no way I'd pay that kind of money for one even though the wife has claimed mine for her personal rifle.'s hard trying to stay married for once.

    The Sharps is a different story though.