Sharps-Borchardt 1878 Long Range .45-70 replica by Argus Barker’s Monarch Tool Company in Stevensville, Montana. Completed circa 1996, serial A42 is spectacular in every respect. Primary features include a 33.85-inch barrel (.835-inch muzzle diameter, drilled and reamed by Lilja, rust blued) with an adjustable spirit level front sight (aperture, hooded, fire blued), tang-mounted aperture rear sight, AAA-grade English walnut stock with ebony (forend tip, grip point) and rosewood (sideplates) accents, and bordered wrap checkering. The action is surfaced in an elegent French gray while the timed screws and wedge are fire blued. ENGRAVING: The action is dressed to full coverage by William Gamradt, a glowering bull bison on receiver right and an approaching boar grizzly on receiver left – each in quartering profile to showcase extensive detail and enhance dimension. The boys are framed by a leaf and vine that continues over the tangs, lever and block. The theme reappears over the chamber, a thin muzzle band was thoughtfully added as a finishing touch. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 10.6 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: Unfired since completion and carefully handled/displayed since, conditon is at least 99 percent. PROVENANCE: A folder of correspondence between the original owner, maker and engraver is included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $12,500 plus shipping.
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