Les Fusil Boucanier (557)

The Buccaneer muskets were the weapons that actually put “Tulle” in business. In the 1693 inventory they had enough locks on hand to build 4650 Buccaneers. St. Etienne made them prior to tulle and starting in 1683 French ships were required by law to have at least 12 on board and to be sold to the colonies they went to. Then, by 1714, many colonies required each household to have 1 buccaneer with powder, ball, sword or bayonet, and if they were slave owners, they had to provide their slaves with one as well. This law was in effect until the 1740’s. Because of their barrel lengths and the slower burning powders at the time, they were said to have much greater range. There were still 660 in the Quebec inventories in 1752. Barrel lengths range from 42" to 60". The standard caliber was .69 minimum, and .73 being the maximum. Some were even ordered cut back so they could be used with a socket bayonet. They were made with brass or steel mounts depending on the climate they were going to. Most of the ones going to Louisiana and Mississippi territories were brass mounted. Lewis Leonard has found the records from some American expeditions in Georgia and the Carolinas where they purchased quantities of these weapons to take with them. There are also drawings from the 1600’s of Iriquois Indians carrying them. The Americans captured many of these and they were used up into the Revolutionary War. If you study the Hudson Valley Fowlers they take most of their styling from these guns. For longer length barrels, contact Ben Coogle who will make them 54" to 60".

557 Set of Lock Castings  $150.00  
557 AS Assembled Lock  $495.00  
557 LP •Lock Plate $24.95  
557 C •Cock  $24.95  
557 TJ •Top Jaw  $18.95  
557 F •Frizzen $24.95  
557 FS •Frizzen Spring $23.95  
557 T •Tumbler $18.95  
557 S •Sear $18.95  
557 SS •Sear Spring $18.95  
557 MS •Main Spring $23.95  
557 TJSX Top Jaw Screw $12.95  
557 LSS Lock Screw Set $24.95  
557 BP Butt Plate $39.95  
557 TG Trigger Guard  $39.95  
557 TP Trigger Plate $15.95  
557 TR Trigger $12.95  
557 SP Side Plate $19.95  
557 SLSX Side Lock Screw (3 Needed) $6.95  
557 RT Rear Thimble $18.95  
557 FT Front Thimble (3 Needed) $16.95  
557 BA-44 Barrel  44 1/2" $375.00  
557 BRP Breech Plug $24.95  
557 BUL Barrel Underlug (4 Needed) $2.95  
557 TASX Tang Screw $4.95  
557 ST-44 Stock (44 1/2" Barrel) $325.00  
557 ST-54 Stock (54" Barrel) $475.00  
557 RR Ramrod 44 1/2" (Tapered, Brass Tipped) $39.95  
557 PARTS-44 Parts Set with Set of Lock Castings (44 1/2" Barrel) $1,195.00  
557 PARTSAS-44 Parts Set with Assembled Lock (44 1/2" Barrel) $1,495.00  

* 54" or 60" Barrels are available from Ben Coogle or Ed Rayl.

Included in a Set of Lock Castings.