One of the most impressive pieces that I have seen or handled is a fusil made by Wilson of London as part of a 1757 contract of 2,000 pieces for the Royal Province of New Jersey. Made during the French and Indian War, this arm also saw Patriot use during the American Revolution, making it a significant artifact of American history. As Mr. Ahearn has said, "I've been able to identify two other Wilson fusils but thus far the one I have is the only New Jersey marked fusil that I've been able to identify."
This is an exceptionally light and trim weapon, with a weight of approximately 6 1/2 pounds, a bore of .71 cal., and a barrel length of approximately 38". Unlike most civilian fowling
pieces of the period, the stock ends approximately
6" before the muzzle, allowing the use of a socket bayonet.