French Type 'D' Trade Gun kit,
easy to assemble, 42" barrel,
traditional iron trim, or brass trim,
walnut or maple stock
Build a correct replica French Type 'D' Trade Gun
, using Track's best kit. Choose optional upgrades, including walnut, cherry, plain maple; brass or iron furniture.
French fur traders introduced the Type 'D' trade gun as early as 1730. Simple, sturdy, made in many variations, the Type 'D' fusil was the standard trade gun until the French were ejected from Canada in 1763, after the British won the "French and Indian War". Our Type 'D' parts are based on the most common, attractive, and popular of the variations known. We offer both brass and steel furniture. Oddly, the Type 'D' was not made with matching finials on the triggerguard and buttplate.
Our top view shows the long baluster wrist, tapered comb of the buttstock, and the elaborate finial on the comb of the buttplate, pre-inlet on our Type D trade gun. Originals were hand made, in small contracts, over many years, and the decoration varies. Oddly, the Type 'D' was not made with matching finials on the triggerguard and buttplate.
Our bottom view shows the classic rounded baluster wrist, which begins at the trigger, and runs to the toe of the buttplate. This typical French architecture seems strange today, but is quite comfortable to aim and shoot. It feels about the same as a modern gun, despite the distinctive shape. The triggerplate and decorative Type D triggerguard is pre-inlet in the stock.
Notice the extended triggerguard finials, used on French Type 'D' trade fusils from 1730 until 1763. Mount the triggerguard with three pins, or two pins and one screw.
Track's French Type D Trade Gun
kit is an enjoyable project. To simplify your work, our gunsmith can quickly and professionally install your breech plug, sights, and under-lugs, within 3 to 5 days shop time, at small extra cost. Not difficult to assemble. Our newly refined stock pattern makes the Type 'D' fusil a good first project for the novice who has some woodworking skills and simple hand tools. It takes a bit more time than a flint longrifle, due to the fancy curved shape of French finials.
Build a French Type 'D' fusil with either maple, walnut, or cherry stock. Trim your fusil in either brass or iron (steel) furniture.
Our 20 gauge smooth bored 42" barrel is tapered octagon at the breech, becoming round, with wedding bands at the transition. The bore diameter is .615", and the breech is 1" octagon, plenty strong, for full loads with patched round ball when hunting deer, or lead bird shot, when hunting upland game.
Alternate barrel choices now include: 24 gauge smoothbore, .54 , or .58 caliber barrels with round bottom rifling.
Track's French Type D Trade Gun
kit features a precision pre-inlet stock. The barrel channel is cut for our smooth bored 42" barrel, tapered octagon at the breech, becoming round, with wedding bands at the transition. Our stock is made of black walnut, cherry, plain maple, or figured maple. Cut for our Type D lock, trigger, trigger plate, triggerguard, buttplate, thumb inlay and ramrod pipes, the forend is fully shaped except for a convenient square which may be clamped in a bench vise while hand inletting. Drop is 3-1/2" from the line of sights to heel, at 13-1/2" length of pull.
Our French Type D furniture; buttplate, sideplate, triggerguard, and 3/8" ramrod pipes, are offered in traditional wax cast brass or iron (steel). The small thumbpiece is offered only in brass, which is correct for either furniture choice. The correct style single trigger, and trigger plate are designed to fit our pre-inlet stock. Correct unplated screws and pins are included. Barrel underlugs are machined from solid steel, and will need to be soldered to the barrel. Our gunsmith can install these (LABOR-US), at small extra cost after fitting the breech plug. Front sight options included our sterling silver fusil sight, or turtle front sight in either brass or iron.
Our Type D fusil flint lock is made in the USA. The Type D fusil was imported in many variations until 1763, when the "French & Indian War" ended, and the French Marines were ejected from Canada by the British. The early style frizzen pivots on a shouldered screw, with no pan bridle. Never dry fire your lock without the frizzen closed and a flint in the jaws, damage can result. Order a dozen of our best 7/8" English gun flints, #FLINT-ENG-7
, for this lock.
Our parts are sold with a flash hole liner, often called a vent, vent liner, or touch-hole liner in 1/4-28 thread. We also offer the Jim Chambers White Lightnin'
vent as a option. The special 1/4-32 fine threads allow an extra large concave cavity inside, for use on 13/16" to 1" octagon barrels. Made in the USA, stainless steel, with removable lug for easy installation. Order our #TAP-1/4-32 tap and tap drill, to install 1/4-32 vents.
Concave inside, the White Lightnin'
vent liner brings the main powder charge very close to the incandescent heat of the priming flash. Position the vent on the center of the pan, slightly above the pan to frizzen joint, sometimes called the "sunset" position. Covered by the frizzen when closed, the hole is a window centered on the heat of your priming flash, for instant ignition, without the whoosh-bang delay, seen in many flint guns.
Typically only the better quality London made guns were factory fitted with vent liners, but nearly all flint guns were later fitted with vent liners, after the vent hole in the barrel became worn from flash erosion, corrosion, or the aggressive use of a vent pick.
Gunsmithing Labor Options
are a popular low cost method of speeding assembly. Our gunsmith can install the plug (#LABOR-BP
), solder front sights (#LABOR-US
), and underlugs (3 #LABOR-UL
) at small extra cost, with prompt delivery. #LABOR-BP:
Our gunsmith will install your breech plug, in your barrel, with the front face of the breech plug tightly sealed against the inside shoulder of the breech thread, and the barrel maker's name indexed to the bottom flat. Threads are lubricated with Birchwood Casey's Choke Tube Lube anti-seize, so the plug may be removed, even after decades of use. Never remove a breech plug, unless you have a compelling reason. The plug is never removed for cleaning, and should only be removed by a skilled gunsmith, who has the correct tools to avoid marking your polished and finished barrel and plug. #LABOR-US:
Our gunsmith will install your soldered lug or sight: promptly, perfectly centered, ready for use, at low cost. Specify locations, or allow us to choose the best positions. We require fitting the breech plug before performing this operation.
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