Trade Gun Kits

This is the only place to get an English style trade gun kit.


These kits are made one at a time. All of the brass parts are cut and filed by hand for the English kits. The barrels come with the breech plug installed, dovetails cut for the sights and tennons (unless otherwise noted) and have the correct period stamps consisting of 'LONDON' on the top flat and the View and Proof stamps on the breech. The stocks are shaped from just forward of the lock back to the butt. They are inlet for the barrel, lock, sideplate, buttplate and trigger. Pull is about 13".


These kits can be finished with minimal work compared to many other kits. They can be stained and a finish applied or painted and decorated as many of the originals.



These are custom made kits and I try to keep a few on hand but I may be out of stock at times so please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.


Please note that the brass parts are not engraved on the kits.




Available in 20, or 28 gauge smoothbore. Barrel lengths 36" or 42".


For paint and finishing supplies click here.



UPDATE 8/1/2021

Due to Covid closings last year, gun parts makers are busy trying to catch up with the demand again. From what I understand, steel mills and raw material suppliers are behind in orders and there is a shortage of long-haul truck drivers which leads to the barrel makers and casting mills running behind. All of the barrel makers are 6 months to a year or more out on delivery of barrels. I have barrels on backorder but don't have a definite timeline on when to expect any or how many.

 If you are interested in a kit, you can place an order and I will ship as I get barrels or call/email on availability.



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Early English Trade Gun circa 1740



Type 'G' or Carolina Trade Gun Kit circa 1760



Note: The term 'type G' is used here only because this is the style commonly given that name today. It is a term

T. M. Hamilton coined in his book "Colonial Frontier Guns" to separate the different styles of parts

and is not an 18th century designation. There are no complete guns of this type that survive today.



French Tulle Trade Gun Kit



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