Designed in 1775 the "Northwest gun" was mass manufactured by the British to secure alliances with the various North American tribes from Canada to the border of Mexico. It was mostly spread by the Northwest Fur Trade Company, which gave the weapon its name. Based in Canada, the Company tried to slow the US expansion into british territory, by arming the native indian tribes.
With American settlers pushing into the Ohio and onto the shores of Lake Michigan, the British reacted by arming the Shawnee and other tribes in the area with thousands of this musket in 1811. By the time of the 1812 war, the natives were completely supplied with this firearm. It remained in use until the end of the 19th cent, the indians preferring the flintlock weapons to the new percussion ones.
This musket is quite easy to identify, with its octagon-to-round barrel, the iconic brass coiled serpent / dragon patterned backplate and the fox of the Northwest Fur Trade Company.
This replica is the short version, with a 36" barrel, and a 132cm total length. Caliber is .625.
Our copies are absolutely true to the originals : size, weight, marks... The firing mechanisms are totally functional (the flint is not provided with the gun, though). The barrel is made of carbon steel (type:BS970 no.080M40).
Being non functional replicas of black powder weapons, our muskets and guns are free to buy and possess in most countries. They either are classified as decorative items or allowed weapons, but you have to check the point in your own country, to be sure not to contravene any law, and that you are free to import and buy them.
The vent has not been drilled on our weapons. They are therefore not usable, even if the firing mechanism is perfectly functional. Drilling the hole may change the classification of the item, for it becomes theoritically usable, and you may have to check if the regulations of your country allow it. Our weapons are not proofed for blackpowder firing. If you choose to drill the hole, after having checked that the local law allows you to do this, you must have the weapon proofed before firing any bullet or munition. We cannot give any guarantee against the damages your musket may suffer during the proofing test.
Please remember this warning : never use a blackpowder gun which has not been proofed for firing a bullet (or anything else, by the way). Never use blackpowder without proper advising.