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Pennsylvania Fowler

circa 1760-1770
Model RK-6 (Right Hand)
Model RK-11 (Left Hand)
RK-6
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In the 18th century, if you could afford only one gun, it was wise and prudent to choose a smoothbore. It could be loaded with shot for birding or with a round ball for deer-size game. As a defensive weapon, the fowler could be easily and quickly loaded. As for accuracy, a man carrying a smoothbore loaded with a tightly patched round ball was virtually equal to a man with a rifle at distances of up to 50 yards. At that distance we have been able to consistently shoot 3 inch groups with one our smoothbore fowlers.

Our fowler was copied from an original pre-Revolutionary period gun and has typical English smoothbore mounts. The 46" long octagon-to-round barrel and slender stock make the fowler very light and graceful, an excellent choice for an all around gun.

Stock Dimensions: Barrel Dimensions:
  • Trigger Pull: 13 7/8"
  • Drop At Heel: 3 1/4"
  • Butt Width: 2"
  • Drop At Comb: 2"
  • Butt Height: 4 13/16"
  • Cast Off: 1/4"
  • Overall Length: 62"
  • Weight in 20 ga.: 6 3/4 lbs.
  • Lock: Colonial Virginia
  • Brass or Steel Hardware
  • 46" Octagon-to-round
  • Standard barrel is 20 ga. smooth bore
  • Barrel can be rifled in a 50 or 54 Caliber, or smooth bored to a 24 or 28 ga. on special order
  • Rifled barrels $20 extra
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Smooth Rifle

circa 1760-1770
Model RK-7
RK-7
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George Shumway, in his excellent book Rifles of Colonial America, says of the original rifle that inspired this gun:

"Here is a splendid example of English gun styling applied to the building of an American longrifle. It's overall appearance is that of an English smoothbore gun of the third quarer of the 18th century, but it is a rifle complete with almost all the features that a rifle usually contains. The slender stock is shaped very much like an English smoothbore, the only modification being the inclusion of a small cheek-piece and a patchbox with a sliding wood cover. The brass funiture is fashioned in the English style."

The latest research indicates the original rifle was made by John Newcomer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

This is an excellent choice for the smoothbore matches with a 20, 24, or 28 gauge barrel. With a 50 or 54 caliber rifle barrel, the gun is still well balanced. Some gunmakers prefer to substitute the Lancaster trigger guard for a more rifle-like appearance. Overall, it is a long slender and very gracefull piece.

Stock Dimensions: Barrel Dimensions:
  • Trigger Pull: 13 7/8"
  • Drop At Heel: 3 1/4"
  • Butt Width: 2"
  • Drop At Comb: 2"
  • Butt Height: 4 13/16"
  • Cast Off: 1/4"
  • Overall Length: 62"
  • Weight in 50 cal.: 7 1/4 lbs.
  • Lock: Colonial Virginia
  • Brass or Steel Hardware
  • 46" Octagon-to-round
  • Standard barrel is 20 ga. smooth bore
  • Barrel can be rifled in a 54 Caliber or smooth bored to a 24 or 28 ga. on special order
  • Rifled barrels $20 extra

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