Had I known how difficult it would be, after contacting close to 100 individuals/relics business owners, to find parts, maybe I'd have chosen to just part out my carbine. Would anyone have an old wreck of an 1859 or 1863 Sharps carbine laying around? Maybe the barrel is bent, metal is all rusted to ****, smacked up against a tree as mine likely was? It would surely help my confidence if anyone could reply that they indeed have one laying around in the attic or basement, and would be willing to help me out with parts. I could try my hand at taking a brass piece and shaping it to fit into the base per photos, but I'd much rather have an original piece. Thanks, Eric in WI. P.S. admins, could you please change your filter/editing tool to allow the word c r a p?