K-11 Early English Trade Gun

 

This early 1700’s version of the English trade gun was styled after the basic English fowlers of its time.

They were light and agile, very well balanced, and could do just about anything.  These guns offered in trade closely resembled their competitor, the French D trade gun, but were were produced with distinctively English touches.  

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 This early fusil incorporated the serpent side plate that was favored by the Indians as well as the ribbed brass ram rod pipes and a round faced lock engraved with a stylized Indian bow and arrow.

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The butt plate was cast brass very similar to the French D. The trigger guard is forged iron and held in place by a bolt from beneath just ahead of the trigger guard bow. The barrel was an octagon to round tapered smoothbore in 20 to 24 gauge 36″ to 42″or more.  The result was a very light and agile fusil that looked great and shot well.

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The Sitting Fox Early English Trade Gun is available in Grade A maple or walnut hand crafted and mated to an octagon to round barrel with 12″ flats to the wedding band and taper. It is available in 20, 24 or 28 gauge smooth and standard lengths of 36″ and 42″.

The butt is inlet to fit the butt plate. The lock area is inlet for the RE Davis English fowler flintlock.

The lock area can be hand inlet to accommodate left hand shooters using the left L&R Queen Anne flintlock and left side serpent at slight extra cost.

The underlugs and sights can be soldered on as well and the trigger located as a $50 option too making this build a lot easier.

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The lock is the RE Davis English Fowler round faced flintlock with engraving cast into the lock face. This lock matches the profile of the original with modern internals. The butt plate is investment cast brass in a pattern similar to the French D.

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The trigger guard is cast steel but not as big a bow as the subsequent North West Trade Guns. It was fastened to the tang by a long bolt upward in a uniquely English style. Two ribbed thin sheet brass ram rod pipes are included as well as all necessary parts needed to complete this project.

The end result is a distinctive looking fusil with the grace of a Tulle but unique English features. You don’t see to many of these around but they always gain a lot of looks. It’s perfect for French and Indian war re-enactors. 

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This kit is fairly easy to build. The cast butt plate is a bit harder to inlet than the flat NW trade gun but the trigger guard and serpent are surface mounted and you could fake the tang screw on the bottom to simplify the build. The barrel and metal parts can be polished bright, lightly blued, rust browned or antiqued for a truly individual touch.

This distinctive kit is available for $699 in maple and $749 in walnut.

Assembled “in the white” is priced at $500 more or completely finished for $700 labor.