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Fowlers were the first and most common guns of the early settlers. Loaded with round ball for deer sized game or with shot for fowl. Hence the name Fowler. All were smooth bore with no rifling. Most were rather plain unadorned working pieces but some were rather fancy with carving and engraving. Tom Grinsdale in his book, Flintlock Fowlers, has five identifiable locations that Fowlers were produced. They are Kentucky Fowlers(Pennsylvania), British Fowlers, Hudson Valley, New England, and Club Butt. Each location produced its own distinctive style of Fowling piece. The Fowler pictured above was built by Rich Dillon in the Kentucky or Pennsylvania style. It features a Getz 46" .20 Ga. octagon to round barrel, highy polished Chambers Round Faced English Lock, polished brass hardware, engraved sterling silver thumbpiece, raised carving, hand made ramrod, and an extra fancy piece of Curly Maple. Available right or left handed.