The Sharps carbine became a Yankee breechloader in Redcoat dress

Austerman, Wayne R.
June 2006
Military History;Jun2006, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p70
The article provides information on the improvement of the British carbines in the late 1800s. In July 1855, the British placed an order with the Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co. for 1,000 carbines of the improved 1852 pattern, followed in August by an order for another 5,000. Except for a minor .06-inch increase in bore diameter, no significant modifications were required until late September, when the British purchasing agent specified that all of Christian Sharps' carbines had to be fitted with the Maynard patent tape-priming device.


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