This is a
very nice unfired gun that was made by Richard Colton.
Totally correct with proper markings including proofs,
inspectors and storekeepers stamp. Mr. Colton is
meticulous in his desire for the muskets he produces to
be historically correct in every detail. He studies
original pieces and notes details that many other people
miss when building early muskets. His wood to metal fit is
excellent. The brass parts are beautifully polished and
the steel parts are correctly hand polished and
burnished. The stock is proper English walnut with a
hand rubbed finish. The lock is from The Rifle Shoppe
but has been re-engraved with "I FARMER 1729" which was
carefully copied directly from an original 1730 musket.
This gun is museum quality. As someone who has built
many early muskets, this gun has more hours of work in
it's construction and details than most people realize.
Mr. Colton does mark the bottom of the barrels with his
name and date so as not to confuse collectors in the