Early English Doglock Fowler

12 bore,  made  in England  about 1680-1700,  the gun from which  the later NW gun  evolved.  You can see the later NW Gun lines in this early gun. The simple  brass  buttplate, the spoon shaped  but  shallower iron trigger guard, the large lock with  doglock safety.  Bigger is always better with flintlocks, within reason. Bigger means more sparks! This one sparks really well,  sparks  pop and sizzle in the pan.      

The ‘Dog’ on the lock  is an external  hooked  safety which securely holds the cock   out of battery.  When correctly done, the dog  is knocked out  of the way when the lock  is  cocked. This dog  works just fine, as you can see in the photos below.

 The doglock is held by three screws which also hold the classic serpent/dragon. Dragons were magical and made the gun fierce and dangerous.  Had to be right scary if you were on the receiving end.

There are double  7/16 inch pipes under the barrel to hold the  tapered ramrod.

There is a simple raised decoration around the tang  and teardrops behind the lock panels,  almost always seen on later NorthWest  guns.

The trigger guard is forged iron. The tang bolt extends from  the trigger  guard up into the tang. A tang bolt extending from the tang to the guard or a trigger plate is a mark of a much later gun.

Even with the 12 bore barrel, the gun  is  light and handy, about 7 lbs with a 13 3/4″ pull.

This is an archived item that is no longer for sale. It's just here to give you an idea what Doc can do