K-Y11 “Yengeese” Trade Gun


“Yengeese” is the Huron word for English.

Before the North West Trade gun there was an earlier version offered in trade. Competition along the frontier was fierce among the French and English both trying to win the hearts and minds as well as the trade business of the natives. It became very apparent that the Indians much preferred the French Fusil De Chase over the English trade guns of the time. The English answer was to produce a trade gun that would mimic the same features as the Tulle but be easy to produce. The result is the early English Trade Gun.

Early English Right

It used the same distinctive humped comb shape but adds a few interesting English touches. It incorporated the serpent side plate that was favored by the Indians as well as the ribbed ram rod pipes and a round faced engraved lock.

Early English left

The hand cut sheet brass butt plate was nailed in place since screws were hard to make and this was, after all, a trade gun. The trigger guard was 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.

Tulle Maple

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, or 24 gauge smooth and standard lengths of 36″ and 42″.

The rounded butt is cut to profile the butt plate. The lock area is left uncut to accommodate left hand shooters but can be inlet for you as a $50 option. 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.

Early English Parts-2

The lock is the L&R Queen Anne round faced flintlock available in right or left versions. This lock matches the profile of the original with modern internals.

The Sitting Fox “Yangeese” trade gun uses a rounded butt with a hand cut and formed sheet brass butt plate to be nailed on and a flat cut and hand engraved serpent for a really distinctive look. The trigger guard is also hand cut and formed steel but not as big a bow as the subsequent North West Trade Guns. Ribbed thin sheet brass ram rod pipes are included as well as the forged square head nails and 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 definitely an early gun perfect for French and Indian war era.

This kit is fairly easy to build. The curved butt plate is easy to nail in place and does not need to be inlet. The trigger guard and serpent are surface mounted too, and you could fake the tang screw on the bottom, so it is really easier. The barrel and metal parts can be polished bright, lightly blued or rust browned for a truly individual touch. 

This distinctive kit is available for $659 in maple and $699 in walnut.

Assembled “in the white” is priced at $500 more and completely finished for $600 more.