And they were cranking production to clean out parts to gear up for military production. In '41 production hit 59,000+, 42 dropped to 29,000+, 0 in '43, end of 44 only 13, then '45 saw the 8,800 as they cranked back up.It got manufactured just a few months before all heck broke loose on Dec.7th.
Wow very seldom can a gun's complete ownership be traced down from owner to owner over that long of period of time.Gotta be something special to own something Teddy Roosevette owned and shot!45, this one sat in the back of a closet since before I was born. I'm the fifth owner, got it in a coffee can for restoring some water damaged guns. 1st owner was Teddy Roosevelt, 2nd was his hunting guide, Bill Grinell, 3rd was his best friend, Gary Crouch Sr, and 4th was Gary Jr. Took me 8yrs to restore it, 1874 Sharps business Rifle in .45/75 Sharps, with dbl set triggers.
PDK, the cartridge/chamber "wars" are some interesting history by itself.My trusty copy of COTW says the Sharps 45-75 is identical to the 45-70 and was also called the Sharps 45-70. Seems Sharps had a problem with anything that didn't have Sharps in its name. Also found Sharps 45-90. 45-100, 45-120, 45-125, and Sharps Special. Differences were basically bullet diameter (.451 vs .458), loading, case length and case thickness. :twocents:
BTW Trap, really nice rifle with a lot of history.
Joe, Gary was my "on call" plumber, ironic the water damaged guns happened while he was on vacation, and his toilet sprung a leak. When I returned the last of the cleaned up guns, he knew I wouldn't take any payment, so he handed me a coffee can and a car axle. Took me a minute to notice the axle had sights and a .45 cal hole in the middle! Only Model of the 1874's that had a round barrel only. Original bbl is packed in grease, and a Shilen match barrel, turn to original specs is on it. No safe queens in this house!No Kidding! Traps has been holding out on us. Having a gun with kind of history given to him in a coffee can hidden away in his closet, Man! All i got in my old coffee cans are a few screws that i don't know what they go to!