Model 1704 Swedish Musket,
.79 caliber smoothbore, 42-1/2" octagon-to-round barrel,
doglock, figured walnut, iron trim,
with bayonet, used, by Jesse Melot
Part Number: AAU-726
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This replica of a Model 1704 Swedish dog-lock musket is stocked in a beautiful piece of figured walnut. This musket appears to have seen little use, and has only a few marks on the frizzen face as well as some patina on the bright barrel from long storage. Attributed to Jesse Melot of The Rifle Shoppe this unsigned musket appears to be expertly constructed, and is an replica of a Swedish doglock built in the early portion of the 18th century and is very similar to a antique Queen Anne marked dog lock, circa 1702-1714. The .79 caliber bore is mirror bright and has been well maintained. This musket comes with a long bayonet that securely clamps to the end of the barrel. Weighing in at 9.8 pounds the musket has a trigger reach of 12-1/2" making it well suited for today's smaller to average size shooter and reenactor. This gun was featured in Robert Weils blogspot "Contemporary Makers" in December of 2012.

The heart of the musket is its .79 caliber smoothbore tapered octagon-to-round barrel. Measuring 42-1/2" in total length, the breech end of the barrel measures just under 1-1/2" across the flats. The octagon portion tapers for 10-1/2" before transitioning to 16 sides and is decorated with two small wedding bands before turning fully round. The barrel has been finished armory bright in the same fashion as the lock. The barrel has developed a speckled brown patina from handling and storage. The bore is bright and has been well maintained. The muzzle end of the stock is cut back to accept a socket style bayonet. A 30" long bayonet with small clamp is included with this musket. The barrel is fitted with a square front sight, and a small rear sight is shaped at the front of the tang for sighting this large caliber musket. A raised ring is soldered around the barrel with a small notch on the right side to secure the long bayonet, which easily clamps into place.

The walnut stock is finished to a medium brown with satin sheen that nicely displays the wonderful figure that runs the entire length of the stock. The stock shows only a few minor handling marks. The buttplate is wide, tall, and nearly flat to help spread the felt recoil over a large area. This sheet iron buttplate is nailed into position, as is correct on such a piece. The round iron buttplate comb wraps over the heel. Moving forward from the comb a long steel panel has been inlet directly behind the tang. Two inverted tang bolts come up from below, in the same fashion as those found on early English trade guns. Both bolts secure the triggerguard and trigger plate to the stock. The front bolt engages the tang, and the rear bolt engages the long steel panel, which sandwiches and strengthens the wrist.

The toe is unprotected and this area often suffers the most frequent dents and dings. This nice musket has only a few minor marks. A heavy iron triggerguard has been used on the gun, and the front boss is fitted with a sling swivel. A front sling swivel passes through an enclosed forearm band near the muzzle that is wrapped in sheet iron for strength. No sling is included with this musket. A single screw holds the rear of the guard in position while the inverted tang bolts can be seen forward. No ramrod entry pipe has been used on the musket, only two plain forward pipes hold the simple wooden ramrod in place, along with the forearm wooden band near the muzzle. The ramrod is not fitted with any threaded tips to accept cleaning or loading accessories. We recommend our #RAMROD-C-44-10 to service this musket. The iron military sideplate is engaged by two lock bolts, which pass through the stock to retain the lock on the opposite side.

The large dog lock was assembled from Rifle Shop parts and is highly polished. The tail of the lock is fitted with the dog, or "catch" that holds the cock in position just past the half cock notch. When the cock is pulled to the full cock position it drops clear. Well tuned and assembled the lock has a powerful mainspring that provides plenty of energy, making it a good sparker. The large single trigger provides a smooth release of the lock. The direct drilled touch hole is correctly centered above the pan to ensure fast ignition.

If you are looking for a well made early 18th century dog-lock musket for your next historical event, then consider this fine piece today. 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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