French trade guns came in
various grades and styles. This is one of the cheapest and more
common grades that was sent to America and other French
colonies. Fusil de Chasse means 'gun for hunting'.
All of the originals I have seen were stocked in a light colored
hardwood including beech and maple. Large quantities of wood
were exported to Europe from America during the 18th century
since good hardwoods were becoming scarce in Europe. To be
more correct, this gun should be stocked in plain maple but walnut is
available as well. Available in 24 or 20 gauge.
The gun pictured below is stocked in walnut with
iron mounts. It has also been aged slightly. Iron mounted
originals were left with a bright polish, this one has been
browned at the customer's request. A sling was also added which
was not commonly found on originals.