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    Sometimes, one gets very, very lucky...

    A few days ago, I received a copy of "Civil War Sharps Rifles & Carbines" by Coates & MacAulay.

    And found my Sharps New Model 1863 recorded as having being issued to one of the 6th Veteran Volunteers.

    OK, maybe not quite the same as a 6 in the lottery, but still a remarkable piece of good luck.

    Now I have to learn to shoot it better! At the moment I am struggling with the effort of making paper cartridges and am happy to get all the shots on paper at 100 yards. Decent grouping (i.e. all in the black) is going to take a bit longer.
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    Remember to wipe your thumb across the top of the block before shooting. Any powder grains residing there, from cutting the paper cartridge, will 'Flash' upon firing.

    The sensation on the face is memorable!

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    I am using the improved version of paper cartridges, without a tail, but with a teabag-paper base. Shot a competition round with it last week, and the block was still free after 14 rounds (1 fouling shot + best 10 out of 13 for score).

    And I suspect that I have discovered why my original remains free, and why all the replicas have difficulties with the block siezing up.
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    That is a great looking Sharps! You were fortunate to find one in as good condition as it is. I have a Reproduction Pedersoli 1859 Sharps. Some day I will try an find me an original Sharps carbine.

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