Back when my old friend Mike “Kiwi” Rowe was working with Curly Gostomski he was telling me of a scaled down Brown Bess “Officer's Fusil” in 16 ga they were developing. When I saw the prototype that Mike had, and a few of the early guns that came to market I wanted one real bad, but not bad enough I guess, as life got in the way of things and I never got one. I've had a re-awaking of sorts in the recent years, got back into shooting flintlocks, etc. and remembered that Officer's Fusil I never got. Earlier this year I started a search for one of these guns - and as luck would have it I happened on not one, but 2, in a short period of time. One being a NSW gun as far as I can tell (Kiwi thinks it is too) and the other (maybe?) being the later version of NSW with the back of the side plate is initialed “M 10/14/05” (Matt?). As yall know North Star begat North Star West, and then North Star West changed hands again I think before closing up shop a few years ago. This past week I picked one the guns to tinker with, tune up, and see if I could make it into one of my shooters. A little “age” to the shiny finish, a new thinner front sight (to replace the bayonet lug front sight that had been snapped off the barrel in transit) and cut a “rear sight” groove and off to the range we went. The starting load of a reasonable charge of Goex 3F and a patched .648” round ball show plenty of promise at 50 yards. There are some Kentucky Whitetail that will be looking at the muzzle come this Fall. Other info I found about this gun: https://www.muzzleblasts.com/archives/vol1no1/articles/bess.shtml Any additional information, or correction, is appreciated.