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Artisan NameRay Franks
Artisan CategoryLongrifles, pistols and fowlers
Artisan Bio

Welcome to Sitting Fox Custom Muzzleloaders.

The symbol of the sitting fox within a circle was used as an assurance of consistent quality in the early days of the fur trade. It was stamped on the gunlocks and even on the gunstocks as a sign of quality parts and workmanship. The traders, trappers, Native Americans, and immigrant settlers came to look for this symbol of value before parting with their very hard-earned money, furs or goods. By supplying a quality product at a fair price the fur companies continued to grow and prosper for several hundred years as one of the first and most successful commercial enterprises in the new territories. Trade Guns so marked, built in England, were imported by the thousands and distributed from Florida to the Yukon.
Sitting Fox Custom Muzzleloaders is proud to be a part of this rich tradition.

Incorporated in 1996 by Ray Franks, Sitting Fox Custom Muzzleloaders has grown to be one of the largest suppliers of custom muzzleloading parts in Michigan. Located in the “thumb” of the state in the heart of the rich history of the fur trade and lumber camps we stand ready to help you with any of your custom muzzleloading needs. We don’t have a retail shop, just a work shop, so our overhead is still low. We’re big enough to serve you, yet small enough to know you.

Sitting Fox Custom Muzzleloaders also offers finished guns for sale. You will find current offerings with pictures and descriptions in the “Finished guns for sale” section on our website. Custom gun building services are also available to furnish assembled guns for you to finish, or completed custom guns made to your specifications.

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AddressP.O. Box 291
Estero, Florida 33928
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Phone(989) 574-5726
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