Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
MR1194 SHARPS SPORTING RIFLE EARLY MODEL WITH FACTORY LETTER
Item # MR1194
Cal 45. 24" half round half octagon bbl, dovetail front sight, folding ladder rear sight and carbine buttplate. Bbl is mostly a plum/brown color and has the "Old Reliable" marking on the round portion. Frame has good traces of case color and "A" inside an octagon on the left side. The Factory Letter explains that this rifle was listed in the final order book as an "A" rifle. It goes on to say that it was one of 700 that were made up of salvaged Model 1874 receivers and a variety of other parts. These "A" rifles were sold exclusively to the Western trade and saw some pretty rough times. This one is in very nice shape with a good bore and nice action. Lots of Frontier Character!
Antique $ 4,995.
MR1202 SHARPS 1863 PERCUSSION CARBINE
Item # MR1202
Cal 52. 22" bbl, Lawrence folding ladder rear sight, blade front sight, saddle ring bar and Lawrence primer feed on lock. All metal finih has faded to a dull brown/gray. Wood is dark with numerous handling dings, mars and chips. Bore has good rifling with scattered pitting.
Antique $ 2,475.
MR1095 SHARPS 1863 SRC
Item # MR1095
54 bore. 22" bbl, post front sight, folding ladder rear sight and carbine butt. Metal is a dull gray overall. Wood is good overall with one small crack on the right side. "M.R.C.P." has been scratched into both sides of the stock and a coat of finish has been applied. Correct saddle ring and bar is present. Nice clean above average Sharps 1863!
Antique $ 2,775.
MR1099 SHARPS 1863 CARBINE CONVERTED TO CARTRIDGE
Item # MR1099
Cal 50-70 CF. 22" round bbl. Original sights. VG+ bore. Bbl retains most all original thinning blue. Action and lock exhibit a good amount of case colors that have dimmed some. Oil finished wood is good overall with just a 1/2" crack coming off the rear lock. Good cartouche on the left side of the stock. This is a very nice converted Sharps!
Antique $ 4,795.
MR1102 SHARPS BORCHARDT CUSTOM TARGET RIFLE
Item # MR1102
Cal 40-50 Sharps Straight. 26" bbl, Winchester style Swiss buttplate and hard rubber grip cap. The bbl wears the correct Bridgeport address along with "Old Reliable" marking and "W.R.A. Co.". Sights include a globe front sight, an interesting 3-leaf folding rear sight and folding tang sight. Bbl retains most original blue. Bore is exceptional. Bright and shiny. Frame is a dulled nickel of the period finish with gutta percha side panels. Buttstock is a highly figured black walnut and in VG condition. Forearm is a very dark color and most likely is of walnut also. Whether this was customized by Winchester or a composite rifle is anyone's guess. There is no way to know the answer but it certainly turned out to be one beautiful specimen!
Antique $ 6,500.
MR1134 EXTREMELY RARE SHARPS 1869 SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR1134
One of only about 50 that were manufactured. This gun has the " Old Reliable" marked bbl. Bridgeport Conn. bbl address. 28" round bbl with VG bore. Flip up Sharps rear sight and correct front sight. Wood is in VG cond with just a few light blemishes. Some oil soaking on the forearm. The receiver retains just traces of case color which is mostly turning a silvery color. Bbl has 60-70% orig blue starting to thin somewhat. Nice clean gun complete with functioning double set triggers. Very rare gun!
Antique $ 7,500.
MR1188 VERY SCARCE SHARPS MODEL 1851 SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR1188
Features a slant breech and is marked "Sharps patent 1848". 1600 serial range. Bbl has a Hartford address. 28" oct bbl with correct sights. Wood is in VG condition with brass style buttplate and patchbox. Forearm has a pewter end cap. Metal is VG as well with fairly sharp corners on the bbl. Lock plate and breech are mostly a grey patina color with sharp markings. Percussion Maynard tape primer rifle with the distinctive design of the hammer mounted inside the lock.
Antique $ 5,775.
MR410 SHARPS MODEL 1853 SLANT BREECH SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR410
25,XXX serial number range. 26 full oct bbl, orig sights, VG bore. Orig wood is in generally VG cond with a very small repair to the toe which is hardly noticeable and a brass patchbox. Overall metal is a plum brown patina coloration with exc markings, mechanically exc. Clean gun which is basically a plum brown patina coloration overall. All orig, good looking gun.
Antique $ 7,250.
MR1026 SHARPS 1874 MID RANGE NO. 1 RIFLE
Item # MR1026
High cond very desirable model 1874 Sharps! The stamping on the bbl says " Mid Range". Also has "Old Reliable" and the Sharps bbl address. Cal is Sharps 40-70 bottleneck. Serial range is 157k. Condition of this gun is exceptional. Most blue remains on the bbl. Light wear to the high points. Clean smooth metal with good markings. The frame is a grey color which is what case colors tend to do. This gun is equipped with the Vernier tang sight and a globe front sight. Medium weight bbl with a near excellent bore. Wood is also VG+ with just a few usage marks. No visible cracks. The only loss is a tiny chip on the toe. Buttplate is the signature brass crescent style. Looks almost like a Swiss style buttplate. On the top of the stock is a plate where there was once another sight. Plate has been factory inletted as stated in the letter. Yes! We have a Sharps letter that is very interesting and informative and accompanies the gun! Another plus is the leather case that comes with it. Very rarely do you see any old leather from yesteryear that survived as well as this one. VG cond with some age cracking. Stiching is good but has let go where the butt would be. Everything is present. Has a leather strap that would go on the built in eyes on the case and would have been used as a carrying strap. This 1874 Sharps with the Sharps Letter and the case is a very nice outfit!
Antique $ 14,500.
MR974 SHARPS “JOHN BROWN” MODEL
Item # MR974-26-669
This a Sharps 1853 slant breech carbine. A pretty good condition Sharps for it's age. All metal has a deep antique patina. Brass hardware is nice. Wood is pretty good also on this carbine. Fits good. A little chip missing on the top where it meets the buttplate. An age crack coming off the upper tang and one along the bottom between the hammer and trigger. Forearm shows some age but is in relatively good cond. All of these were percussion. Very nice rifling in an otherwise dirty bore. Should clean to be at least a good bore. Sharps made a lot of rifles and carbines. This is an interesting variation.
Antique $ 3,975.
MR713 VERY FINE SHARPS 1878 BORCHARDT LONG RANGE SINGLE SHOT RIFLE
Item # MR713-26-681
Cal 45-100. Extremely fine gun! Original sights include veneer windage adjustable front sight. No rear seat. Folding tang sight with matching base on the back of the stock. Original wood has sharp rifling in excellent condition with a hard rubber buttplate. A few light handling mars. May have some varnish added but not re-finished or undersized. Retains about 95% bright original bbl blue. 50-60% thining case colors. Very nice English Walnut insert panels on the side plates. Very fine all original all matching Sharps Borchardt. According to Frank Sellers' book, only about 230 of these longe range were ever produced. Fine gun!
Antique $ 19,500.
SHARPS MODEL 1853 SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR411-25-620
46 Caliber. 11,XXX serial number range, 26 oct bbl, only approximately 1,100 '53 sporting rifles made in this configuration. Overall gun is in exc cond with a considerable amount of orig blue remaining on the bbl starting to turn a plummish brown coloration, receiver has turned mostly dark but still has traces of case colors remaining, exc bore, orig sights. Orig wood has a few minor dings but retains most orig varnish; complete with iron patchbox, a pewter forend cap and double set triggers. All matching numbers, exc and all orig throughout.
Antique $ 8,500.
SHARPS SLANT BREECH MODEL 53 SPORTING RIFLE IN CALIBER .60
Item # MR408-25-618
Orig 26" full octagon heavyweight bbl, VG bore, good markings, orig wood is in VG cond with brass patchbox, correct double set triggers, orig sights. Bbl retains most the blue which has turned a patina plum coloration, receiver has traces of case colors, nice markings. Sharp, clean, all orig little gun.
Antique $ 6,800.
MR442 MODEL 1874 SHARPS SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR442-26-671
Caliber 40. Orig full oct 30" bbl, Beaches front and orig factory rear sights, bore is bright and shiny with sharp rifling. Orig wood stocks have a few minor usage marks but generally near exc with most orig varnish remaining, double set triggers, shotgun style buttplate as well as the 'Bridgeport, CT Old Reliable' bbl markings. Gun is guaranteed all orig with 75-80% toning bbl blue, receiver retains 20-25% case colors turning somewhat dark in areas. All orig throughout; complete with Factory Letter indicating the gun was shipped to the New York address of 'E.S. Harris'. Nice gun!
Antique $ 19,500.
MR544 VERY RARE SHARPS LINE THROWING GUN
Item # MR544-25-624
This is set up to fire 50 caliber carbine blank cartridge. The overall gun is in VG condition, with a saddle ring. Bbl is approximately 15" long. No rear sight provisions. No bbl address. This gun is guaranteed to be absolutely correct. One of the very few Sharp line throwing guns that I know to be correct. Wood is VG plus, as is the metal. Bbl is a silvery-brown patina. Frame has some case wear spots but it has clean smooth metal with traces of blue here and there. Action is excellent. Included in this kit is a fitted case with 5 flechettes, 2 hand held wooden dowels with rope, a neat compartment for your 50 caliber blank cartridges and a correct short cleaning rod all fitted in this custom built case. The case is very old. This nice complete outfit would be a fine addition to any Sharps collection or for someone who collects unique items.
Antique $ 4,150.
MR420 SHARPS MODEL 1853 SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR420-26-675
Caliber 36 Percussion. 26 full oct bbl, orig sights, VG bore. Orig wood shows a fair amount of use but is still sound and solid with a brass patchbox and buttplate. 8,400 serial number range, good markings, mechanically VG, a fair amount of pitting on the receiver and lockplate, bbl is mostly a plummish brown coloration. All orig.
Antique $ 4,900.