Reproduction of the 1862 Confederate Sharps Carbine. The gun is a .54 caliber with a 22 inch browned, tapered round barrel. 1 in 48" twist. Percussion ignition and uses a 5/16 X 24 nipple with a musket size cap. Sights are browned steel base with intergral blade front sight. Rear sight is blued steel, open style in a 3/8" dovetail. Single trigger. The butt and forestock are satin finished American walnut. Carbine has a color casehardened receiver, lock, lever, triggerplate and saddle bar with ring. The butt plate and barrel band are the traditional brass. Lockplate marking: S.C. Robinson, Arms Manufactory, Richmond, VA 1862. Overall length is 39 inches and weighs 8 lbs. Recommended load 50 grains of FFFg black powder with a .544 conical bullet. Manufacturer Pedersoli/Italy.
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Dixie Gun Works was formally founded in 1954, but it could be said, however, that Dixie Gun Works actually began many years before. In 1931 I paid seventy five cents for a "dug" 1849 Colt Pocket pistol. My father soon realized I loved guns and began buying a few at depression prices and giving them to me. Most of the time these old guns were purchased for less than a dollar; the majority cost twenty-five to fifty cents. By the time I entered college in 1938, I owned about one hundred guns.
Following a stint in the army during World War II, with two years in the Pacific and seven service medals, I began a career as a traveling wholesale jewelry salesman, selling jewelry to department stores. Since I was seeing a lot of different towns I continued my hobby of buying and trading old guns, transactions I conducted out of the trunk of my car after business hours. Soon I found that not only were other gun lovers interested in old guns, but they were also in dire need of parts with which to repair guns they wished to shoot or restore for sentimental reasons. It didn't take long to realize that this was a way to generate income to keep my gun collection going. The contacts I made by mail and at gun shows over the years put me in touch with collectors with surplus parts and, more importantly, I knew those obscure craftsmen who were producing replacement parts for old guns.
I liked to deal in parts since through the years I was able to keep some of my own guns going by working on them.(My "amicitia" of old guns is "magnus"!) Though I am not a good repairman or even efficient at it, I do know what needs to be done to fix an old gun and how it can be done. The parts and gun business prospered until the day, Friday, April 10, 1954, when I arrived home from one of my jewelry selling trips to find that nearly all the guns and parts I had advertised had been sold. Since it took me three or four days to take care of these orders, this was the time I realized I just might be able to make a living at what had been a hobby and since I couldn't be in worse shape financially, I resigned my job as a jewelry salesman and returned the samples to the company. This was when I started working full time in my business and could be called the beginning of Dixie Gun Works. A Model T garage was the first home of Dixie Gun Works.