This gun was stunted from birth, the buttstock was cracked and the
fore-end crooked , so I amputated to save its life and it became a
Blanket Gun. Made me feel like a Civil war surgeon. The Indians may
have hidden these guns under blankets but they were more often used
horseback like a heavy dragoon pistol, one shot then it became a club. I
applied a few tacks to Indian it up some, and it grew some beads and
The barrel was custom made by Kelley, about 14″ long, tapered and banded. The lock is an English Trade lock by Davis, the trigger is meant to be pulled with two fingers, just like your Indian buddy pulls a bowstring.
NorthWest guns came with all kinds of finishes, this one was rust blued in the old fashion. The trigger guard has been left in the white, nicely polished, because the originals were , too.
The barrel is marked with my cipher, plus LONDON and a tombstone fox on the top flat, a blossom with TB on the oblique flat, along with GRRW CA NW 03, (third NW Gun built by the CA), since it has become one of the new GRRW Collector’s Association guns.