I visited Sharps and their neighbor C. Sharps a few years ago in Big Timber Montana.
Both places had some truly beautiful rifles.
All I managed to acquire was a coffee mug from Sharps.
I love the mug but would rather have had a new rifle.
When I was in high school, one of my buddies invited me to his house. I walked in the door, and there hanging on the living room wall was an original "Coffee Mill" Sharps Carbine. Don't know which caliber, and wasn't allowed to touch it, but I sure wish it was hanging on my wall right now.
The Sharps breechloader was a truly innovative design that came right on the eve of America's western expansion. The lever-action design helped to secure the west and excelled on the target ranges as well.
THIS IS NOT A SHARPS BUT IT IS IN GREAT SHAPE BOUGHT IT WHEN I WAS 10 YR (1958 ) OLD FROM AN OLD MAN THAT HAD A GROCERY STORY THAT WAS RETIRING. HE LET ME HAVE IT FOR $25. I PLAYED WITH IT AND TOOK GOOD CARE OF IT. DON'T KNOW WHAT ITS WORTH.