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Published on Aug 24, 2012
A confederate Sharps Carbine Model 1859 Rifle is examine by Senior Curator Doug Wicklund and John Popp on this episode of NRA News Curator's Corner. The Model 1859 was available with a round military rifle barrel, the gun came with a breechblock-mounted plate that is capable of a slight, backward movement once it is under pressure. What makes this rifle especially special? It has a carving on the side that reads: Rappahannock Station/ Nov. 7 1863. Tune in to learn more about this rifle and the story behind its carving. Find more than 10,000 zoomable images of the 3,000 firearms at the museum at the NFM's website, www.NRAmuseum.com. www.NRAnews.com (episode aired 6-14-12)