Evidently Glenn likes my Sharps rifle, and told me something that I didn't know about the term sharpshooter - it's derived from Sharp's shooter. I'll buy that.
When I inherited the rifle, I sent it off to that unparagoned gunsmith, the man who keeps the A and the F in ATF, Jim Jones. One look at the rifle and Jim sobered up. It needed cleaning and a certain amount of adjustment, so Jim got to work. The results were excellent; Jim had disassembled the rifle, cleaned and oiled all the parts, then carefully reassembled it. A few new parts were needed, very minor parts, and Jim was able to get all of them from other antique Sharps rifles. So the entire rifle is an antique.
Jim also cautioned me about shooting it. Black powder only, light loads, and he'd prefer it remain on the wall. He's right, and it's going to stay on the fireplace.
|Jim and the Sharps|
|The Old and the New|
I keep my Sharps rifle on display for several reasons, but mainly because I think it's somewhat pointless to own a rifle like this one and not be able to show it off a little, and let other men take it down and pet it. I also believe that if I'm afraid to display whatever treasures I have because of fear of theft, the bad guys have won. That's just no way to live.
So my Sharps will remain on my fireplace mantle until I find two suitable hangers for it, then it will hang on the brick above the mantle. My thanks to Glen for featuring me on his site.