I picked up this rustic looking trade rifle. Im not sure what to call it. So far Ive settled on Chiefs grade fusil trade gun. It was made by A.L. Edge who specializes in restoring and copying antique guns. So I imagine he copied it from some original piece however that is just speculation on my part. I might contact him and see if he can give me the details.
It has a fusil stock, a type c I believe. The lock is a Germanic Davis lock. The butplate is an english style. The serpant sideplate is a very early design. The trigger guard is also of english flavor. So kind of a big mix of parts, but they all fall in the early 1700's time frame. The stock is walnut and has a simple raise carving around the tang as well as where the comb meets the wrist.
The gun is well put together and very well antiqued. It looks like it was made in the 1700's, not in a junky way, but its got some "character". The previous owner also used it quite a bit further giving it even more flavor.
The gun is pretty light, Id guess 6lbs. Balances nicely on the shoulder and my face lines up perfectly on it.
Im not sure who made the barrel. I'd guess colerain. It's .62 cal, octogaon to round, 1 wedding band ring, smooth bore and 36" long. It just has a soldered on brass front sight.
Cant wait to take this to kodiak here in November for the Muzzleloader deer hunt. I dont have much time to tinker with loads, but I believe I can narrow it down good enough for a 50 yard shot. Then after I get my deer, Ill go rabbit hunting with it! I love the versatility of smooth bores!
Now without further ado...