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American Moses: Brigham Young

Brigham Young was a man of his time. His courage, leadership, management, and determination were exactly what the early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints required in their hour of need. He guided them down what is now known as the “Mormon Trail” and firmly established a permanent outside the United States in the Utah Territory.

This Sharps pistol-carbine (or pistol-rifle) belonging to LDS Patriarch Brigham Young is an fantastic piece of collecting history. It’s a short-lived production model that is a significant departure from other plains longarms of the period. The Sharps is small, comes significantly embellished as a factory custom order, and utilizes unusual ammunition.

Not only do those features make it an unusual choice of arm for Young, but also a rare and desirable collectible today with a significant historical provenance.

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