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Building the Northwest Trade Gun

Course Overview

Students will learn the history and craft of the “Northwest Trade Gun” a muzzle loading firearm associated with the 18th- and 19th-century Great Lakes fur trade. Lightweight, rugged, versatile and inexpensive, it fully answered the shooting needs of this region and remains a fine north woods hunting arm. A brief history of the Great Lakes fur trade and the conditions leading to its design will fuel discussion as students undertake this challenging but rewarding project. Hand tools will largely be used in constructing an authentic Northwest Trade Gun, using essentially the same techniques employed by the early makers. This project is appropriate for first-time gunsmiths, but past experience in woodworking will be helpful. Some customization will be possible.

Course Details

Length: 11 Days