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1728 French musket. I got this when Ebay first started. The seller had listed the lock, barrel, and small parts in seperate auctions. I contacted him right away and found out that he had the stock as well. This musket supposedly was found in the basement of a church on Montreal. The seller was worried about the legality of selling the entire musket and decided to part it out. I made a deal and bought the whole thing from him and then checked into it and found out that he could legally send it from Canada. I guess I would have been shafted if he couldn't have mailed it, but I took a chance.
 

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Years ago I and a friend modified a 1763 French musket replica with the inclusion of a Kit Ravenshear lock and made up parts It is still my favorite flintlock. It is lighter than my British Long land pattern musket hence easier to handle, shoots fairly accurately, can be used in my three periods of re-enacting (F&I, AWI and 1812), and it just looks good!
 
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Much agree with Nick. A great find. Looks like the frizzen may have been half-soled back in the period (?) You just have to figure this gun has seen a lot of action. But used, not abused. Great condition for this gun. Congrats.

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Much agree with Nick. A great find. Looks like the frizzen may have been half-soled back in the period (?) You just have to figure this gun has seen a lot of action. But used, not abused. Great condition for this gun. Congrats.

Rick

Yeap, these early french muskets are often broken down and restocked and mismatched with other parts from 1754, 63 and 66’s. its possible this one is restocked and done very well. The stocks on 1717 and 1728’s were extremely thin in the forearm and the wrist and butt had a little more drop. Not all these were identical, they all varied but I think this might be a colonial restock.

The 1728’s that came over to American were actually mostly marine 1728’s and grenadier muskets as the French colonies were armed by the french admiralty and not the army.

Also not uncommon to find a 1728 lock or barrel on an American made fowler or militia musket.
 

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