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English Fowler/Officers Fusil

circa 1750-1770
(Available only in walnut or cherry)
Model RK-10
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Our English fowler was copied from an original gun made in 1762 by William Bennett, a very fine gunmaker who worked in London. This gun probably came to the Colonies with an English officer during the French and Indian War or the Revolution.

This 20 gauge fowler has a 41" long, fully-round barrel that measures 1 1/4" at the breech wedding band. It tapers quickly to 3/4" four inches from the muzzle and then flares to 27/32", giving the fowler superb balance. The long-slender wrist extends far back into the butt-stock for classic English smoothbore architecture.

With the addition of relief carving, engraving, and/or silver wire inlay, this fowler can be made into an expensive work of art suitable for English nobility.

Because this is an English gun, curly maple is not a suitable wood choice. Available only in English walnut or cherry.

Stock Dimensions: Barrel Dimensions:
  • Trigger Pull: 13 7/8"
  • Drop At Heel: 3 1/8"
  • Butt Width: 2"
  • Drop At Comb: 2"
  • Butt Height: 4 13/16"
  • Cast Off: 1/4"
  • Overall Length: 57"
  • Weight: approx 7 3/4 lbs.
  • Lock: Colonial Virginia or Round-face English
  • 41" Full round
  • Standard barrel is 20 gauge smooth bore
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English Gentleman's Sporting Rifle

circa 1740-1750
(Available only in English Walnut)
Model RK-12
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Our newest addition to the Chambers kit line is the English Gentleman's Sporting Rifle. Based on an original created by the famous London gunmaker William Turvey around 1740-1750. This piece is an early example of English full stock sporting rifles. English gunmakers sometimes incorporated Germanic features as exhibited by the plain sliding wooden patchbox and square toe. However, the hardware (including the wrist escutcheon, the decorative flowing side plate, and the first pattern acorn finial guard) exhibits the typical relief-chiseled details that occurred on fine English pieces. English sporting rifles in the 1700's were made for well-to-do English gentlemen but could have found their way to the colonies.

From a practical viewpoint today, this rifle makes a terrific, quick handling hunting rifle that is ideal for thick cover. Its short length and light weight make it easy to carry on those long all-day, or all week, hunts. This kit's hardware comes in both steel and brass, of which both were historically used on sporting rifles. The Round Faced English lock not only boasts excellent geometry and speed, but also utilizes a water-resistant pan. Because this is an English gun, the stock will be available only in English walnut wood. Please call for availability and pricing of the wood.

Stock Dimensions: Barrel Dimensions:
  • Trigger Pull: 13 1/2"
  • Drop At Heel: 2 3/4"
  • Butt Width: 2 1/8"
  • Drop At Comb: 1 1/2"
  • Butt Height: 4 15/16"
  • Weight i 54 cal.: approx. 7 3/4 lbs.
  • Overall Length: 46 1/4"
  • Lock: Round FacedEnglish
  • 31" tapered and flared octagon barrel
  • Breech: 1 1/8"
  • Small: 13/16"
  • Muzzle: 1"
  • Rifling: round Groove .016 deep
  • Calibers: 50, 54 and 58

Note: Metal patchbox in photo not available

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