The first Sharps rifle, a percussion design, dates back to 1848s. Shiloh Sharps makes reproductions of the 1874 cartridge design. Most are equipped with tang vernier sights graduated to compensate for the steep drop of 45-70 bullets. These rifles are usually quite accurate at long range, and the depictions in Quigley Down Under and Legends of the Fall aren’t too far off the truth. This one has a period correct scope with external adjustments.
A mostly ambidextrous design, it remains a viable medium and large game rifle even today. Cartridges up to 45-120 and 50-110 (caliber – black powder charge in grains) exist, but only 45-70 is commonly loaded.