Trade Guns

These are guns I have made for other customers that can be referred

to when looking to have your own gun made.

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The trade guns I make are typical of American and English imported pieces of the 18th and 19th Century.

Bumford Style Trade Gun or Carolina Gun

Boy's or Lady's Version

Type 'G' Blue Painted Trade Gun

Early English Trade Gun circa 1740

Lightening Painted Trade Gun circa 1760

Vine Painted Trade Gun circa 1760

(Type 'G')


Trade Rifle circa 1800-1820

Fusil de Chasse


This is an email I received from a customer who bought a trade gun:

Clay, fifteen minutes after writing that email (wanting to know when the gun was shipped) I got a knock on my front door just as I was taking the first bite of my ham sandwich. It was 11:30am. I opened the door and there was the FedEx man with a long box. I took it in and unpacked it. It looked even better than the picture. I realized it was not noon yet so I gathered up my range gear. After figuring out the proper ball and patch combination I headed to the range. At the range I set up a large bull pistol target at 25 yards and an eight inch round gong at 50 yards. The 50 yard gong is my standard for smoothbore accuracy. I loaded the type G and aimed dead center at the gong. One of my range friends set on the bench behind me to spot the impact on the backstop. In thirty years I have never fired a smoothbore that shot center right out of the box. I whacked the gong with the first hammer fall. I was surprised but did not dance a short jig. The second time I hit it I did dance a little jig! The men at the range have seen me there shooting flintlocks for many years. They told me "You do not need to bend that barrel in a forked tree". I will be taking this one to Friendship as my primary smoothbore. Colerain makes a great barrel. I plan to spring this smoothbore on my friends up there at Friendship. I normally post pictures on Facebook but I am going to sneak up on them! -Ricky