Virginia Fowler,
20 gauge, 46" octagon-to-round barrel,
Chamber's flintlock, black walnut, engraved brass trim,
used, signed D. McDonal
Part Number: AAQ-616
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This early Virginia fowler will be of great interest to French & Indian War era re-enactors, Revolutionary War era re-enactors, and primitive long hunters. Neatly hand finished the black walnut stock is trimmed in burnished brass furniture with hand engraved accents. The 20 gauge octagon-to-round barrel is finished to dark blue, and the Jim Chamber's English Fowler lock is polished armoury bright. This fine fowler is signed by contemporary builder D. McDonal. The fowler is used with some marks associated with firing and cleaning, it appears to have been well maintained.

The fancy 20 gauge smooth bore 46" octagon-to-round barrel appears to have been made by John Getz. The barrel has a .620" bore diameter, and the bore is bright and has been well maintained. The 46" tapered octagon-to-round barrel has 15" of octagon, and wedding band transition to round. The tapered round barrel narrows to a small waist and flares slightly at the muzzle. The dark blue finish as a few small discolored areas and bright spots from handling.

Trigger reach is 13-1/2" to fit today's average size shooter. Weighing only 7.9 pounds, this long gun holds steady due to the modest weight of the octagon-to-round barrel.

Stocked in black walnut, the gunmaker has finished the wood to a dark brown with a satin sheen. The English style buttplate has a long stepped comb hand engraved with a Scottish dirk, decorative border and Celtic design. The wrist is fitted with a large nickel silver thumbpiece hand engraved with a pineapple design. Silver wire inlay accents extend down the wrist. The brass triggerguard has silver accents with a engraved pineapple finial. A long boat engraved on the bow and border along the grip rail. The nickel silver tip of the grip rail has an engraved Celtic design. The slender forend blends into the tapered lock panels. The forearm terminates in a bulbous swell with a raised carved shell design and molding along the ramrod channel. The barrel is served by a tapered ramrod. The hidden end of the ramrod is fitted with a steel tip threaded 10-32 to accept threaded accessories.

Look closely, and you may notice that the buttplate is not perfectly centered behind the tang. Rather it is very slightly offset from the right hand shooter's cheek. This feature is called cast-off, and it places the right hand shooter's eye directly behind the line of sight, making this gun instinctive to point and shoot. Lock panels taper widest at the rear following the taper of the breech end of the barrel in early flint long gun fashion. The thumbnail tang of the breechplug is surrounded by a raised carved panel with a shell design. The top of the breech plug is engraved No. 11-10 and signed D. McDonal flanked by Aztec style head stamps.

The large round faced English fowling gun lock, sometimes called a "Queen Anne" lock, dates from the 1730 to 1760 period, well after Anne's reign ended. Sometimes called a “James Barbar" lock, after that famous early London maker who signed his work. These early London style locks are often found on Colonial American long rifles and fowlers. This lock was assembled and tuned by Jim Chambers, one of America's most respected lock and gun makers. The lock is burnished bright, and hand engraved with a Celtic design on the tail and a crown with a gloved fist clutching a cross. The curled trigger is pinned high, for best leverage, giving this lock a smooth easy trigger release.

Very well finished, the beauty of the gun is due to the classic shape, careful fitting of the parts, satin finished black walnut, and the choice of best quality parts throughout. Order it for a ten day visual inspection. You will be delighted. Else if it does not fit you, return it in unfired condition for same-day refund. Postage is your only risk, when you order any one-of-a-kind gun from Track, whether new, used, or antique.

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