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The lock is an English-made flintlock of about 1790, crudely converted to percussion. It has iron hardware, a hammered iron ramrod, and a full military-style stock. It is 56 inches long. The forward barrel band is a piece of animal skin.

A wonderful example of a type of weapon that altered the history of Africa in the days of the Colonial invasions. These muskets were made from obsolete gun parts, and sold in quantity to European and American slave traders, importers and ivory dealers. These traders than parceled them out to friendly tribes in their area of influence. Some traders even created well-armed tribal armies who would raid other tribe's villages for slaves, skins and ivory.

This gun has an exceptionally large bore, about .95 caliber. The lock is an English-made flintlock of about 1790, crudely converted to percussion. It has iron hardware, a hammered iron ramrod, and a full military-style stock. It is 56 inches long. The forward barrel band is a piece of animal skin. I've been told this is lion skin, used for its power. Most interesting is the gun's recent history. A friend of mine went back to his village in Gambia for his cousin's wedding. He found his uncles in jolly condition, firing two old muskets into the air, seeing who could make the loudest noise. My friend brought the guns back to the US to save his uncles from eventual disaster.

 
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