I love historic guns and the reproductions of them. One of my favorite is Italian gun maker Davide Pedersoli. I stopped by their booth in the Little Italy section of the SHOT Show floor to check out what was new. You can see their complete catalog here. Or most of it. They’ve brought some guns to the show that you won’t see anywhere else.
One of the highlights was the Sharp’s Small Game rifle. These are slightly shrunken down Sharps Rifles that are designed for youth shooters. They weigh in around 7.5 lbs and are 41 inches long. These are chambered in .22 LR and .22 Hornet. The gentleman working the booth showed us the unique extractor that was designed for the rimfire cartridges. Take a look at the pictures for a description on how it works.
Speaking of pictures, the rest of what we found at the Pedersoli booth is below. They make some great looking reproductions of classic American arms. These guns are really incredible. With many reproductions, you don’t want to get too close. Not these. The closer you get, the more you see.
The Sharps Small Game, .22 LR. Just one of the calibers available.
Case-hardened steel with walnut is always a winning combination.
The breech block open on the Small Game.
Look close and you can see the double extractors for the rimfire cartridges.
The extractors are pulled in as the breech block raises.
Can’t get enough of that case hardened steel.
The butt plate even gets a trip through the kiln.
Two more Sharps on bottom and a trapdoor on top.
Breech lever on a Sharps.
Detail of the trapdoor lock. This one has a nice tang sight.
Old, old school scope mounts.
Should I request one of these for review and see if it can ring some steel at 1,000 yards? I bet it can if I can!
Cook and Brothers made arms for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Originals are very rare.
The lock, stock and barrel. Notice the brown finish on the barrel. A nice contract to the case hardened lock. This is how the originals were done 150 years ago.
The rifle length of the Cook And Brothers is new. Pedersoli has been making the carbine for a few years now.
Cook and Brothers lock.
I asked if this was a catalog item. In a thick Italian accent he laughed and said not in Damascus.