It is outstanding that you brought it back from near death to be displayed and talked about by many people for years to come ,great job.
What is interesting is that there are no accounts of a soldier actually using the primers in combat. Most stuck with the standard issue "top hat" capsTO CHARGE THE LOCK WITH “SHARPS’ PRIME (R)S” Cock the Arm, shove back the magazine cover on the top of the surface of the lockplate, by pressing the left thumb against the screw head beneath the cup of the hammer . Withdraw the tack nail from the charging tube, insert the primer’s end of the tube in the magazine with the left hand, the slot in the tube in line with the slot in the face of the lockplate, and press it down as far as the spiral spring will admit, then with the right hand thrust the tack nail through the slots in the tube and lockplate above the primers, withdraw the tube, bring the lock to half cock and withdraw the tack nail. The priming magazine charged, the cover must not be moved back, lest the primers escape. Nor should the hammer be worked, between half cock and full cock, for the same reason. “
That was an older version with the Maynard Primer Tape System. The Lawrence system replaced it.^^^^ 40 something years ago; I saw a Sharps with a primer tape feed system in a LGS.
There isn't too much data out there, but what I was able to find indicated that while the feed system worked fairly well, the copper disk primers were somewhat hit-or-miss when it came to reliability.That primer feeder is pretty cool ,I wonder how well it worked , I think in battle the older cap style would be a safer bet .
I want to thank AFJuvat for all his hard work to restore this family rifle.....No....not mine..It be longs to my wife. It is a rifle passed from one generation to next......she came from Kentucky and it was passed down to her. She trusted me to get it restored.....I made the choice and she agreed...AFJuvat always wants to keep his restorations real to the era....we had a lot of communication of how to finish the rifle.....what is current or what would match the era.....To find parts and remain in true to the rifle was a lot of work on his part. It will be a wall hanger....with a special place in our home. Thank You Sir...I am humbly admiring your expertise and knowledge....EBL
Thank you for the kind words, and I am thrilled that it met up with you and your wife's expectations.It is truly remarkable the work that he did.....from frozen shut action and dry rot and cracks in the wood to a fully operating rifle that looks great. My wife was awed in the finished product. He is truly an artist.
Only one more thing that is off topic.....when I went to see AFJuvat to pick up the rifle, I saw some of his other handiwork and I was astounded.....he is truly an artist at restoring firearms..... He keeps them as original as possible and makes them look like they are newly issued. I won't go into particulars without his permission.