You're correct in that at a glance, you are simply holding a trade gun, however, since Mr. Smith bases his on actual examples, there are differences that you find...,Early English Trade Guns and Carolina Guns the Same Thing? Or very close to the same thing? If not, what are the differences?
Unfortunately, you have to be much more specific in your question, and because we keep finding out more and more about the time period, the answer may change....Also, would these have been common during the Revolutionary War?
French tended to supply guns to colonials from the same sources they used for trade guns. So a French cour de bois, or a farmer at one of the far flung forts would likely have the same arms the Indians were getting.Another question is whether any white would be caught dead with one of these guns intended for the Indian trade. Like driving a Kia...maybe worse.
I’m sure some ended up in the hands of folks on the frontier if they were taken from dead Indian raiders. Turned to barn guns perhaps.
Folks were very particular then about things we would find inconsequential. Using one of those guns may have just been “not done, old boy.”
If you haven't seen this, I think you may like it.I really appreciate all of these responses. Very informative. So an early English trade gun circa 1740-60 could have been used in the French and Indian war carried by either Indians or colonial militia and could also have been used in the Revolutionary war by regular colonists, militia or even farmers/hunters? Given that there were so many English trade guns made, I wonder which would have been more common, a fowler or a trade gun? I read a lot about fowlers in the revolutionary war but not so much about trade guns.
Thanks again for the detailed responses.
Here's one I found...Thanks Notchy Bob a lot! That's a bunch of great information on these guns. I've also been looking for that old map where Tennessee used to be part of North Carolina.
Another from 1755. The "Original" size download is pretty big.Here's one I found...
It is difficult and dangerous to make generalized statements such as those above. There is no question that Indians were allied with the combatants in the F&I War and the AWI, and they would have used trade guns. There were colonists that sometimes led but often accompanied Indians on raids. Whether these colonists used trade guns, civilian guns, or military guns probably can't be proven. The same for militia. Many colonies required male citizens to be part of the militia and to provide their own arms. Some may have owned trade guns because they were inexpensive and commonly available. There really wasn't much, if any, difference in quality between an Indian trade gun and a low end civilian fowling piece.So an early English trade gun circa 1740-60 could have been used in the French and Indian war carried by either Indians or colonial militia and could also have been used in the Revolutionary war by regular colonists, militia or even farmers/hunters?