Northwest Trade Gun,
28 gauge, 36" octagon-to-round barrel,
flint lock, black walnut, brass & iron trim,
used, by North Star West
Part Number: AAU-180
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Stocked in American black walnut, this flint 28 gauge smooth bore fowling gun is a correct replica of a Northwest Trade Gun, circa mid 1800's. Neatly fitted, this replica is probably of higher quality than many antiques. Made without a rear sight, this gun qualifies for NMLRA trade gun match events, shooting patched round balls at paper targets, and shot charges at clay birds. It will be a powerful deer hunting gun, accurate to about 100 yards, very handy in thick brush. The bore is bright and has been well maintained. Trigger reach is 13-5/8" to fit today's average size shooter. Weight is 7.7 pounds.

The 36" long barrel is about 1" octagon at the breech, tapering to sixteen sides, with a double wedding brand transition to tapered round. The bore measures .580" inside diameter, and is polished bright. The top flat of the barrel is marked London and with a Fox in a Circle trade mark commonly found on antique trade guns. This ancient mark was a sign of quality, and it became the hallmark for guns made by the late Robert "Curly" Gustomski and his successor at North Star West. The left oblique flat is stamped with two British proof marks. The barrel is browned to a smooth chocolate brown. A small brass blade front sight is soldered 3" behind the muzzle.

The walnut stock has a warm brown tone, and has a few minor handling marks from normal use. The long ballister wrist runs from the lock panels to the toe, and the comb seems to sit on top of the flowing wrist. This is classic architecture for early English muskets, especially the early Sea Service muskets, which apparently served as a model for the North West Trade Gun. The design is simple and functional, and these inexpensive guns were imported and sold by the Fur Trade Companies, for many decades. Flint and percussion guns were still popular long after the metallic cartridges arrived, due to the low cost of ammunition for muzzleloading guns.

The top view shows the thumbnail finial of the flat brass buttplate, mounted with small steel nails. The sweeping comb stands above the ballister wrist. A raised carved beaver tail finial surrounds the flared tang of the breech plug. This Trade Gun has a traditional inverted tang screw, which serves double duty and mounts the front of the triggerguard as well. The bottom view reveals the rounded toe, and the flat brass buttplate. The forged steel triggerguard is surface mounted with screws, exactly like early originals. The 3/8" diameter ramrod is fitted with a tapered jagged brass loading tip. The tip is not threaded to accept cleaning or loading accessories. We recommend our #RAMROD-C-36-10 to service this gun. The brass serpent sideplate is retained with three screws. Serpentine sideplates were common on early English guns, especially English Sea Service Muskets, where the serpent probably represented strength and stealth at sea. The brass serpent became a standard feature on trade guns made in England, Belgium, and America.

The large flint lock is marked with the Fox in a Circle, and the tail is marked BARNETT. This big lock has a strong mainspring and sparks well. We recommend our 7/8" knapped English flints, #FLINT-ENG-7 for use with this lock. The lock is polished bright. The direct drilled vent is correctly placed well above the bottom of the pan. A properly placed vent is essential to fast ignition. The large two finger trigger provides an easy trigger release. The triggerguard has a large wide bow to accommodate the long trigger.

While we recognize a strong family resemblance of the trade gun and sea service muskets, they also resemble earlier Queen Ann dog lock muskets. Made obsolete by the Brown Bess muskets, early Queen Ann muskets had a simple serpent sideplate, and a similar architecture. The gunmakers who made those early military muskets used the same skills, tools, and techniques to make these similar trade guns. They passed this working knowledge to their apprentice gunmakers. Thus, the North West Trade Gun is steeped in tradition, where it was made, and where it was used.

In excellent used condition, this nicely finished gun will be of great interest to the reenactor. The bore is bright and clean, and the lock sparks well. You will be delighted with this nice specimen. Order it for a ten day visual inspection. You will be delighted. Else if it does not fit you, return it unfired, 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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