My Militia gun
My New England style Militia gun Mike Brooks so generously helped me with.
As it arrived here 5/7/11
Mike Brooks helped me with this project by building it "in the white" for me. He took my 41"
.20ga barrel and Davis Colonial lock and put them into a Cherry blank he had since 1985. He
handmade the ram rod pipes and butt plate from sheet brass.
He did some engraving and stamped the breech with repro proof marks. Now it was my
turn to take over. First thing I wanted to do was make a side plate I had seen in
Grinslades book of Fowlers.
Satisfied with how the side plate came out, I went to work smoothing out the French style stock.
While doing that, I enlisted the aid of an old unused egg incubator to rust my lock parts in. It
worked like a charm! I wanted this gun to look like the many that were made by reusing older
parts from previous guns and pressed into service once again.
The Davis Colonial lock after three days of rusting inside the incubator, wire brushed and
Completed pictures, my "Brookson" is a good representation of a gun made here 200 years ago
from reclaimed parts for Militia duty. By law at that time, every able bodied male of 16 and
older was in a militia and was required to own a gun. Mine is stocked in Cherry sporting a 41"
.20ga smoothbore barrel she weighs in at 7 1/4 lbs and is a delight to shoulder and shoot.
Researching North Kingstown R.I, the town I live in now, I found the town which was part of
Exeter before breaking off was named "Kings Towne" and there was a few militia units here,
one went by "Kings Towne Rangers" in 1790. This is my tip of the hat I suppose you can say to
that unit of so long ago. I had a horn made by Horner75 that is inscribed with "Kings Towne
Rangers" 1790 and the pine tree flag used in this State back then. The one that would cause you
to be hanged if caught with by the British.
Success! Hunting season 2011