Manitoba Hunter Safety Course

 

Percussion or Caplock Muzzleloader

Percussion Cap Muzzleloader

This model has the nipple mounted on the outside of the barrel at the breech end. It uses a small percussion cap that has an explosive compound, which is used to ignite a gunpowder charge. The firing mechanism consists of the following parts:

Trigger

Trigger

Small lever on the firearm that, when pulled, releases the hammer.

 

Hammer

Hammer

Strikes the percussion cap, producing a spark.

 

Nipple

Nipple

A small metal tube that is tapered and screwed into the barrel. The percussion cap is pushed onto the nipple and is held on by tension.

 

Ramrod

Ramrod

The ramrod is used to push the bullet down a barrel until it is seated on top of the charge. It is also used to determine whether the firearm is loaded. On traditional muzzleloaders, the ramrod may be made of wood, whereas modern muzzleloaders will have a fiberglass or composite ramrod.

 

Patch Box

Patch Box

Convenient, easy way to store patches so they are accessible when needed.

 

Safety first! Black powder and its equivalent are extremely explosive! Do not handle near any open flame or embers in the immediate area.

 
 
 
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