French Type C Trade Fusil,
20 gauge, 42" octagon-to-round barrel,
fancy walnut stock, brass trim,
new, unfired, by J. E. Brown
Part Number: AAS-530
Availability: In Stock
Price: $2,899.00
Neatly fit and finished this French “Type C” fusil is stocked in figured black walnut and is trimmed in brass furniture. French fur traders introduced the Type C fusil to Canada, as early as 1680. It was the standard French trade gun, until replaced by the simpler Type D fusil about 1730. No two Type C fusils were exactly alike. Two styles were made: the fusil ordinaire was not decorated, while the fusil fin had engraving on the buttplate comb and triggerguard finials. This decorated version would be typical of a fusil fin. The early original French Type C fusil was a bit more decorative than the later trade guns from Tulle, France. Assembled and signed by contemporary gunbuilder J. Eddie Brown. Weighing 8.5 pounds the fusil has a trigger reach of 13-3/4” making the gun well suited for today’s average and larger size shooters.

A true 20 gauge, we recommend using a .595" ball with .018" patch or a .610" ball in a paper cartridge, using the cartridge paper as a wad, with no patch. A simple but elegant sterling silver front sight is fitted to the browned barrel. No rear sight is fitted. This fusil is fully qualified for use in the popular North West Trade Gun match, shooting both round balls a paper targets, and clay birds thrown from a trap house, under NMLRA rules.

The sweeping architecture of the French fusil buttstock is quite comfortable to shoot, despite the unusual appearance. The wide flat buttplate is an advantage, since it reduces the recoil you will feel when firing full loads. The baluster wrist forms a smooth arc, and the butt blends into the wrist, typical of French architecture for muskets and fusils in this period before our French & Indian War, from 1756 to 1763, called the Seven Years War in Europe. French traders had great influence over Canada and the vast Louisiana territory, during this era. The buttplate has a decorative French comb with out swept wings and high relief. This fancy comb is neatly inlet into the buttstock. Our top view shows the breech of this French fusil with its short straight tang. The tang bolt has the head neatly aligned with the barrel, perhaps to guide the eye when sighting the smoothbore.

From below the rounded toe and brass triggerguard can be seen. The attractive triggerguard is correctly mounted with pins. The baluster wrist tapers into the lock panels. The wooden ramrod is retained by three brass ramrod pipes, one entry and two forward. The rod has a brass tip installed to accept your 10-32 loading and cleaning accessories. Two lock bolts pass through the highly decorative sideplate and stock to engage the lock opposite. Neatly fit and finished this Type C fusil is a lovely gun. See our #BOOK-CFG Colonial Frontier Guns, by T. M. Hamilton, sold separately, for nice photos of fine original French trade guns.

This fine fusil is fitted a early style flint lock that has no pan bridle arm. The frizzen is supported by the shouldered frizzen pivot screw. This banana shaped flint lock plate has a chamfer along each edge. This lock has a very strong mainspring, for sure-fire ignition. Finished to a dark brown to match the barrel, the lock contrasts nicely against the deep reddish undertone of the walnut stock. We recommend our 7/8" French amber knapped flints for this trade fusil, order #FLINT-AMBER-7. The trigger is pinned to provide a smooth release of the lock. The stainless steel vent liner is positioned well above the bottom of the pan and centered on the heat of the flash. If your flint longrifle suffers from that infamous slow whoosh-bang ignition delay. Study the work of today's best gun makers, and position your vent well centered on the pan, high above the bottom, to serve as a window on the center of the flash.

If you are looking to add a French style trade gun to your collection, then consider this piece. Expertly assembled by a well known gun builder, this Type C will be a joy to shoot, take it to the range this summer and prepare for next falls various hunting seasons. It is handsomely fitted and finished and will be a joy to display and shoot! 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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Elk River, MN 55330-1773

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