Why were most original Sharps straight grip?

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Why were most original Sharps straight grip?

Post by dances with coyotes » Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:14 pm

When you look at pics of old Sharps MOST of them are the straight grip. Why? Was that what was preferred for most of the shooting? Cheaper?
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Re: Why were most original Sharps straight grip?

Post by Ranch 13 » Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:17 pm

Pistol grip stocks were thought to be weaker and would break, so the hunters rifles were largely straight gripped guns. Target guns were usually found with pistol grip.

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Re: Why were most original Sharps straight grip?

Post by ireload2 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:52 am

During the days of the Sharps an individual traveling hunting territory would be on a horse.
The straight grip goes into a scabbard easier than one with a PG.
In addition the Sharps was not that far removed from a muzzle loader and that was the standard design.

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