A new twist on an old classic.
- Written by Ken Amorosano
- Published on June 16, 2012
One of the standout firearms at the 2012 SHOT Show was not a mounted shooting gun, mind you there were plenty of those to look at. No, it was something much more sporty and detailed, something so selfish as to be made for target shooting and varmint hunting.
The gun I refer to is the Mini Sharps, produced by Chiappa Firearms of Italy. This elegant, small frame version of the 1874 Sharps dropping block action has been reduced in size by twenty percent while the weight is about a half of the original rifle. It has a case-colored receiver and a two-piece, straight-grip walnut stock with a steel butt plate. The octagon barrel has a blue finish and is complete with tang sights.
The rifle is offered in a vast range of calibers including .22 WinMag, LR and Hornet, .218Bee, 30/30/Win, 44/40Win, 38/55, and .45LC.
What I liked particularly about the rifle was it’s offering in the .17 Hornet, a brand new bullet produced by Hornady.
Based on the .22 Hornet cartridge case, the .17 Hornet propels a 20-grain V-MAX bullet at 3,650 fps. The cartridge is fueled with Superformance propellant, and the .17 Hornet is an economically priced alternative that delivers the trajectory of a traditional 55 grain .223 load, with the felt recoil of a .22 WMR.
The combination of the classic mini reproduction of the traditional 1874 buffalo gun with the sting, speed and reach of the .17 Hornet is a match made in outdoor heaven. The fun, however, doesn’t come cheaply and the Chiappa Mini Sharps is priced around $1595.00.
You can get your very own Mini Sharps from mounted shooting supporters, Taylor’s & Company – www.taylors-firearms.com.