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French Fur Trade Musket

Voyageurs  -  American Natives -  French and Indian War

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This musket saw extensive use throughout the 18th century.  Manufactured in the Tulle arsenal in France at the end of the 17th century, it became immediately popular with New France's population, particularly those in the fur trade.  France's native allies were quickly armed with this .62 calibre "fusil de chasse" or hunting musket, making it North America's first trade gun.  In 1704 when Atiwan natives and French militia raided Deerfield, they had this longarm. 

The lock plate shows the old spelling of the arsenal as TVLLE.  The "V" did not change to a "U" until 1745.   Interestingly enough, some of the arms Benjamin Franklin purchased from France for the American Revolution were marked "TVLLE", meaning their manufacture dated to before 1745.


Eastern Woodland Indians carrying this musket in the mid-18th Century by David Rickman (DND)

The fusil de chasse saw significant service during the War of the Austrian Succession (King George's War) and the French and Indian War.  Success of the militia and their native allies at the opening of the Seven Years War was nothing short of astounding.  After New France fell in 1760, the French voyageur continued to move westward, discovering new routes and tribes to trade with.  In their canoes were their trusted Tulle hunting musket.  After 1760, when the British introduced its own American Indian trade gun, it copied calibre and look of the French model.  However the droop "cow's foot" butt was abandoned. 


French militia with the "fusil de chasse" in the French and Indian War (Francis Back -web)

This smooth-bore musket has a 44-inch octagon-to-round barrel with a 20 gauge bore (.625 calibre).   Total length of the musket is 60 inches.  The "cow's foot" shaped butt made this hunting musket an excellent shooter because the recoil was softened into the shoulder by the curve. 

As the photographs attest, this replica is quite well assembled with a case hardened frizzen cover (hammer) producing good sparks. The seamless tempered barrels are made of polished high-carbon steel (type:BS970 no.080M40- auto industry foundry) and the breeches are threaded. We use a cyanide case-hardening factory process that makes sparking both more reliable and longer lasting. Presently no other musket provider uses this technique.

As with all our other flintlocks, the vent is not drilled (read details below) so we can ship easily to your door throughout North America and to Europe and the UK. Aside from that they are exactly like the originals. A fine addition to any collection.

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If upon receiving your musket you are not completely happy with your purchase, you may return it for a refund. All we ask is you cover the shipping costs. It has to be returned in two weeks of receipt and be in its original state (unaltered and unmodified).

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We sell historically accurate muskets and pistols in a non-firing state. This allows us to comply with various local, state, national and international firearms regulations, along with shipping company policy restrictions.   A certified gunsmith may decide to alter a musket or pistol to a firing state by drilling the vent hole and test firing it. We are not legally responsible for any alteration from its present non-firing state.  Please read our Conditions of Use and Legal Disclaimer.  The customer is expected to be aware of the laws of their locality that govern products of this nature.

 

 


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