K-41 Schimmel

 

(Penn Dutch Barn Gun)

On the Frontier it was often necessary to have more than one weapon readily available to protect valuable livestock from numerous predators looking for an easy meal. That musket over the door or mantle didn’t do a lot of good when a fox was raiding the hen house or wolves were eyeing the milk cow. When it was possible a barn gun loaded and ready on a peg in the barn could make short work of these problems. It didn’t have to be fancy, just functional and reliable.

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The Sitting Fox Penn Dutch Barn Gun starts with a Grade A maple hardwood stock shaped and cut for 3/8 ram rod channel and inlet for an octagon to round tapered barrel in 20ga. or  28ga. The barrel is breeched and indexed with 12″flats to the wedding band and taper.

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The lock area is left uncut to accommodate left hand shooters.  The lock is the Germanic style L&R classic in left or right, percussion or flint. The lock can be inlet for you and the underlugs and sights attached and butt cut to profile and your length of pull as a $150 option #1.

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There isn’t a lot of trim, only 2 plain brass or steel thimbles and a Germanic fowler type guard holding a simple plated high pinned trigger. There is no butt plate in this “poor boy fowler” type kit, but a simple sheet brass plate can be nailed on the butt with a bone or antler top piece for an early look or a cast butt plate can be added for $25.

There were undoubtedly a lot of this type of common gun in use. And they did get used.

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They might not have made it to the museum or collections because they weren’t all that fancy or special, just plain functional multi-functional tools of the common man.

You can easily personalize these guns with some Penn Dutch hex signs or Christian symbols such as crosses, stylized fish or the letters INRI. Although deeply religious, the people of that time and place were also very superstitious.

This kit offers quality components at a modest price of only $599.