Presenting a .75 caliber Dutch Snaphaunce Musket with copy of original 16th century lock. The stock is shaped and finished, all furniture is in place, pins and screws are fastened, it's ready to take to Rendezvous and shoot or decorate your wall. Maybe you could take it goose hunting, they shot them off the water back then. Pull is 14 inches, weighs about 11 lbs. It copies the elegant guns produced and used by the Dutch when they owned New York, it was New Amsterdam then. The barrel is marked Van Sandt, in honor of a distant grandfather who was killed by the Lenape during the Peach War of 1625 when half the settlers in New England were slaughtered by the Indians..
That elegant piece of European walnut with perfect grain running through the wrist cost more than some modern rifles. The simple furniture is all forged iron. There is a butt-plate, a trigger-guard and three pipes for the ramrod.
This Dutch snaphaunce lock copy is 7 1/2″ long. It has a horizontal sear, like a wheelock and an ingenious external safety along with a sliding pan cover. You can make it safe and keep priming dry by throwing the frizzen forward and manually closing the pan. To fire, pull the frizzen back into position, open the pan, cock the hammer and pull the trigger. It was probably developed in the early part of the 1600’s. After 300+ years, the clumsy looking reproduction still throws sparks. Big ones! God Bless the armoured Knight who had to face a gun like this. They were great in the field, too. You could use a single ball, or a handfull of buckshot or both.