Well documented on a very limited basis. These were the cheapest shotguns in the period.
THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAZETTE
Date: March 29, 1735
RUN AWAY FROM Mr. Bryan Reily AND Mr. John CarMichael, two Irishmen Servants, both balking broad Scotch, one named Roger OMony, a tall pocksetten freckle-faced Fellow, stooping in the Shoulders, his hair cut and wore a linnen cap, a dark brown colour'd Coat and Westcoat, leather breeches,
and a new pair of Negro shoes, he has a double thumb with two nails on one hand. The other named Alexander Sinkler, a short thick well set, surly looking,
long brown hair'd, smooth faced, sharp long nosed fresh coloured fellow, wearing a dark gray coarse karsey new Coat with buttons of the same, a pair of old brown breeches, a pair of gray yarn stockings and a pair of new Negro shoes with two or three lifts, each of them about 4 or 25
Years old. They stole from the said Masters a new yellow stocked trading Gun, marked on the plate of the lock (to the best of our remembrance) R FARMER.
and sundry other goods. Run away likewise from the said Masters two Negro Men (which we suspect they have taken with them) one this Country born,
named George , he speaks good English, a short thick well set sensible fellow, the other named Derry , a tall likely young Ibo Negro branded on the
breast I C. Whoever takes them up and brings them to the said Masters or to the publick Goal in Charles Town , shall have 10l. reward for each of the
white Servants and reasonable charges.
N.B. A Hue and Cry is gone after them.
North Carolina militia use
In January of 1756, Sir Charles Hardy reported to the Lords of Trade on “Warlike Stores in the Magazine” of Fort George in New York City.
In addition to six chests belonging to the Independent companies of regulars Hardy mentions that “what is in the possession of private People are chiefly
for Indian trade”
(A Servant of the Crown…papers of John Appy page 52).
On May 12th, 1757 the Virginia House of Burgesses noted that “It appears to us, that the Commanding Officer of the County of King George furnished the Militia
ordered out of that County with 31 Buckaneer and trading Guns, and 112 lbs. of Shot.” (Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia, 1758-1761
By Virginia. General Assembly. House of Burgesses, Henry Read McIlwaine, Virginia State Library)