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August 3, 2008, 12:53 PM
That is unbelieveable quality....
You read the arguments back and forth about C.Sharps, Shiloh, and other makers and the higher end Pedersoli's being their equal...
While true of the basic models, I doubt you would ever see anything of such intricate high quality coming out of Italy....don't get me wrong as my 1874 is a Pedersoli.
That gun will be an extrodanairy piece of art, when done...
August 3, 2008, 05:24 PM
Yeah, my Pedersoli is the nicest gun I own, but right about now I feel completely inadequate. :)
August 3, 2008, 10:29 PM
The gent that selected a Gemmer Sharps made an excellent choice to build.
For those not aware, Gemmer was the gent that worked in and bought the Hawken Shop from Sam Hawken before Sam died. Some of Gemmers later work were along the same lines being done, i.e. taking a cartridge action and building it to Hawken geometry and quality of workmanship. I've run across both a Sharps and a Spencer done by Gemmer back in the day in various books on the subject of Hawken rifles.... ;)
Either way the one being talked about at the Shiloh site is something to behold if only from the pics posted so far. The inlays and the patch box reminded me of the Modena Hawken in the Denver museum...
August 4, 2008, 11:45 PM
That is THE most beautiful rifle I have ever seen.....:what:
( and..I've seen a few rifles in the last 50 years ! )
August 5, 2008, 09:34 AM
Nah....Pedersoli make shootable rifles, but they are just not in the same league as S. Sharps IMHO.
That's a loverly looking rifle.
August 5, 2008, 03:05 PM
The inlays and the patch box reminded me of the Modena Hawken in the Denver museum... The Gemmer Sharps doesn't in any way resemble the Modena Hawken I hate to tell ya.
Here is a modena http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a149/Fisherman_48768/HAWKENSMODENARIGHTSIDEVIEW.jpghttp://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a149/Fisherman_48768/HAWKENSMODENALEFTVIEW.jpg
I agree the Gemmer Sharps is one fine piece of work.
August 5, 2008, 03:13 PM
Daggum, Semmerling, that thurr is a purty shootin' iron.
August 6, 2008, 12:23 AM
Want necessarily thinking that the Modena and the Sharps were duplicates, just that they both have a fair number of inletted pieces for what essentially is/was a "work gun".
Are the pics posted the Ed White copy of the Modena?
Wasn't the Modena also made in the Denver Hawken Shop before Sam closed it?
On edit: Found the answer to my Q, it was originally built in St. Louis around 1833 but later rebarrelled and refitted in Denver.
August 6, 2008, 06:54 AM
David VanVorous asked: Are the pics posted the Ed White copy of the Modena? No David, this is a rifle I built from a walnut tree I cut down years ago. There is an interesting history that goes with the Modena rifle and it's owners over the years.
August 6, 2008, 12:39 PM
No David, this is a rifle I built from a walnut tree I cut down years ago. There is an interesting history that goes with the Modena rifle and it's owners over the years.
Really. Iffen ye got the time to type, Ive got the interest in reading more. Im always up for Hawken lore... :D
September 11, 2008, 09:25 AM
Check out the updates on page 6, looks incredible.