Christian Sharps January 2, — March 12, was the inventor of the Sharps riflethe first commercially successful breech-loading rifle and the four-barrel Sharps Derringer. C Sharps Arms Company couple had two children: a daughter, Satella, and a son, Leon Stewart.

Sharps was hired as an apprentice gunsmith at the Harpers Ferry Arsenal in the s. Sharps' first rifle was patented September 12,a breech loading design it featured "slanting breech action" and used paper cartridges.

Nippes" at Mill Creek, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, in Palmer as president, Christian Sharps as engineer, and Richard S. Christian Sharps left the company in to form his own manufacturing company called "C. Both firms were located in Philadelphia. The Sharps and Hankins partnership ended inand Sharps resumed the manufacturing of firearms under the C.

Sharps and Co. InC Sharps Arms Company and his family moved to Vernon, Connecticutwhere he continued working on firearm designs and started a large trout farming business. Succumbing to tuberculosisSharps died in Vernon, on March 12, Although, "Sharps Rifle Co" continued to produce his namesake rifles untilwhen it American Sprinkle Company closed its doors.

Sharps was issued a patent for his design of a breech-loading rifle on September 12, The deficiencies of the Hall rifle may have caused Sharps to adopt his new design.

The Sharps rifle was designed with a vertical dropping block action, operated by a lever which also served as a Quick Loan Finance Company guard. The action was not only strong but limited the release of gases when the gun was discharged. Sharps' first rifle, the Modelwas manufactured by C Sharps Arms Company. Despite not being the first breech-loading rifle, Sharps' was the first to be accepted widely and, with the onset of the American Civil Warthe first to be produced in large quantities.

It was so successful that it was copied and manufactured by the Confederate government to arm its mounted troops. Sharps-designed firearms later saw extensive use in the American West as military and C Sharps Arms Company weapons. They were highly regarded as target rifles and were used extensively in international shooting competitions through the late 19th century.

They come in. First patented inthey were not made untilwhen Sharps patented a practical derringer design. These first model derringers had brass frames and fired the recently introduced. The second model was a. These pistols were made by "C. Sharps and Co", and are sometimes classified by modern collectors as a pepperbox. They introduced the third model derringer in. These were discontinued when the partnership ended in In the same year, the newly renamed "C. Sharps and Co" introduced the fourth model derringer with a new "birdshead" grip and slightly shorter barrels, otherwise it was virtually identical to the third model.

Production of these little Q Logo Company came to an end with the death of Christian Sharps in Approximatelyof these derringers were made between and From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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