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In the 1500s, when their European trade muskets ran out of powder and shot, the American Indians undoubtably discovered in the midst of battle that their empty muskets made devastating clubs.

War clubs in the stylized shape of gunstocks became popular amongst the Northeastern and Southeastern tribes, and the weapon spread across to the Great Plains to the Pacific Coast. These clubs, carved from straight-grained hardwoods, weighed several pounds, and often had spear or knife points (of antler, bone, flint or metal) attached to increase their lethality.

The clubs, like tomahawks, were often embellished with carvings, feathers, leather, paint, beads, brass tacks, scalplocks, etc. These weapons still were in use in the late 1800s.

None of the museum pieces indicate that they started out as an actual firearm, as there are no lock or barrel inlets, and many are flat and board-like. The shape was probably an attempt to capture the lethal "magic" of the firearm. However, the versatility of this club as a close-quarters combat weapon becomes apparent as soon as it is handled. It can be used to parry, thrust and trap, one or two-handed, and every surface creates blunt force trauma.
You just have to hold it to feel the power in it.

This club measures 27 inches in length and is 6 1/2 inches wide at the gunstock end. The handle is wrapped with soft deerskin lacing. It has 2 hand-painted imitation eagle feathers. Decorative tacks adorn both sides of the club. It has a steel blade.
A very nice piece to hang on the wall or carry at a pow wow. It will certainly be talked about.

This club has been cleansed in the old way as taught by the Elders with sage and cedar.

Wado, nasginai alisdeliha asquanigododi
agayvli wigalohisdi gvnodv
(Thank you, for helping keep the old ways alive)

GunStock Club


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wood, deerskin lacing, tacks, feathers, steel blade
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