This year’s catalog is dedicated to our men and women in law enforcement and to those who sacrifice their life in the line of duty! From the police/sheriff’s officers, firefighters and our military, to the dispatchers who answer the call and maintain calmness through it all.
May this country never forget why we have our freedoms and who answers when we call 911: the men and women who come to your rescue at all hours of the day and night.
Firefighters, Police, EMT's too,
No matter the time of day
They answer every call
It takes a special kind of person
By Cathy Booth
Our Veterans are heroes
Protecting our freedom
They very humbly
They deserve all this
So the next time you see
By Cathy Booth
Welcome to our silver edition of the 2016 Shiloh Rifle Catalog. This Company originally started in 1976 in Farmingdale New York on one man’s dream! To re-create the sharps rifle and to be the ONLY company in the world whose parts interchange with the original and that was accomplished. Shiloh Rifle then moved to Big Timber Montana in the mid-80’s where the work continued. On April 1st, 1991 the Bryan family purchased Shiloh Rifle and officially took it to the next level of manufacturing! In 1993 Shiloh rifle added 3000 square feet to its existing building which created our new showroom, sanding room and accessory department. Our goal was to increase productivity without losing craftsmanship and to eventually build our own Foundry, which was the last step in everything being manufactured in Big Timber. Boulder River Foundry with the help of our partner Randy Rembold, came alive in 1996 as our investment casting company. Boulder River Foundry, does all of the casting of parts for our rifle and then are delivered next door where the Shiloh crew continues to a final and completed rifle. In 2014 we unveiled our newest production sharps to the line, the 1877.
Those of you who know us as a family, know who we are personally and what we stand and believe in. This year’s cover represents who we are as a business and family. We have not forgotten our veterans because without them we would not have our freedoms to own a business, voice our opinions, speak or think as one wants without hesitation.
We want to give a big thank you to all of our customers who have believed in us and have supported us from the time this company started and to our longtime friends, that we have met on our 25 year journey thru shooting, gun shows and ordering rifles, we want to say thanks and we look forward to another 25 years with all of you.
Ronald Regan stated: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were FREE. "America is at a very crucial point for all Americans. Regard less of being Democratic, Independent or Republican, the fact remains that our beautiful country is under severe attack. To put your head in the sand and say it will never happen on U.S. soil, is being naive and uninformed. Remember 9-11? We have already been attacked on American soil and continue to be attacked. It is sad when someone is asked who Joe Biden is and they shrug their shoulders and say, I don't know, a singer?? Unfortunately, there are parents, teachers, etc. not teaching our children about how we became the United States and why we have our freedoms. Our Freedoms did not come from standing on the side line loving everyone and letting the government take care of us. This statement is not to be arrogant, but our society forgets that their freedoms and rights (which always seems to be infringed upon) came from our Constitution and Bill of Rights, which our military fought and died for. These freedoms came from death, blood and fighting. When one decides to desecrate our flag or put another flag above our flag, wanting to remove the National Anthem out of schools, etc., then that same family or person is welcome to just pack their bags and leave this beautiful country. Good luck finding another country that will allow you to express those same kind of sentiments about their country.
According to records, (U.S. history.org) three members of a secret committee from the Continental Congress, George Washington, Robert Morris and George Ross approached Betsy Ross approximately May 1776. She had embroidered ruffles on shirt bosoms and cuffs, hence the reason she had been approached to make the flag. Betsy Ross finished the flag in late May or June of 1776. In July, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud for the first time. Celebration began and the announcement of the birth of a new nation was shared.
It was said by an unknown Author "If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag."
Our Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy and was published in The Youth's Companion on September 8th, 1892.
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." This was the original version and in 1932 the words "the flag of the United States of America' were added. In 1954 President Eisenhower encouraged congress to add the words "Under God." This was due to the Communist threat at the time. The original Francis Bellamy salute in 1892 began with a military salute during the Pledge and just as the words "To The Flag" were spoken the arm was extended toward the flag. During World War II the salute looked so much like the Nazi salute, that it was changed to keep the right hand over the heart throughout the whole pledge. The removal of what is known as the Bellamy salute occurred on December 22, 1942.
The history behind our U.S. flag and Pledge of Allegiance is something people need to remember. She flies during all wars, bad weather or good weather. The flag is seen on all Military bases, atop of our buildings and yes, the moon! Neil Armstrong July 20th, 1969.
So when you close your eyes at night and tuck your children into bed, remember the people who have and who is currently serving our Armed Forces. The veterans whose lives have been lost and the families they have left behind fighting during war, yet also protect us during peacetime so that we all can be safe! Everyone needs to remember that our Veterans work for our President and government. They do not just wake up and decide to go to war. All Veterans deserve our utmost respect and a Thank you. They make bigger sacrifices than you will ever know and understand.
Samuel Johnson was correct when he said, "Great Works are performed not by strength but by perseverance." Kirk, Randy R., Norene, Chad, Dad and our crew did just that. Shiloh Rifle is very excited to bring out another piece of Sharps history to be added to the collection! The long awaited Shiloh 1877 Sharps! The Shiloh Model 1877 is every bit as beautiful and historically correct as our rifles are now. We have been working since 2011 building fixtures and making sure that everything is just right before we unveiled our newest addition to the Sharps family. I am excited to share some of the photos of the steps taken to build this rifle. In April 2013 the first 1877 was produced by Shiloh Rifle and Kirk shot it at the Texas State Silhouette match.
Upon our return, we began work on the pistol grip 1877 in Turkish walnut. Chad began to build a pattern and carve the stock and fit the new parts. Kirk started in on the barrel and custom features and Dad had to start making the screws. Suzi, our engraver has worked up new patterns for this model. As you turn to page 12 you will see the rifle and the custom features and calibers being offered ONLY on this rifle.