Getting to Know Your New Knight® Muzzleloader
Before loading and firing your new Knight® muzzleloader, it is important that you get to know your new muzzleloader. Read this manual to learn about muzzleloading in general and the features, limitations, and capabilities of your particular muzzleloader. The first part of the manual applies to all models. The second part contains a section with specific information about each model.
It is important that you select appropriate priming devices, amount and kind of propellant, and projectiles for your model.
All Knight® muzzleloaders are equipped to use 209 shotshell primers as priming devices. Some are also able to utilize percussion caps. Most Knight® muzzleloaders feature the Full Plastic Jacket Ignition System Concept™, which allows you to utilize a 209 shotshell primer as the ignition source, completely weatherproofing the receiver area. The hotter shotshell primer ignition puts more fire into the breech end ensuring spontaneous ignition, faster lock time, consistent velocity, and a hotter burn of the powder charge for a cleaner breech area. This contributes to better accuracy. This does not take the place of swabbing the bore and breech plug face to assure a clean spark free barrel.
Knight® muzzleloaders use Black Powder FFg, and industry approved black powder substitutes. Some models can also use pelletized powder (powder formed into single pellets of approximately one half inch in length). Never use smokeless powder. It can cause your muzzleloader to explode. There are many black powder substitutes available. Be aware of and follow all instructions and warnings that apply to the propellant you choose as their recommendations including swabbing your bore do vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Knight® muzzleloaders use a variety of projectiles, depending on the model.
Knight Rifles® does not recommend the use of non saboted lead projectiles (such as patched round balls). These bullets can easily be moved from the powder charge. This will result in an obstructed barrel, and upon firing, could cause an explosion. If you choose or legally have to shoot non saboted lead projectiles, always check that your projectile is properly seated immediately before priming and firing.
Muzzleloaders can seriously or fatally injure shooters and bystanders if not handled properly. Before you use your muzzleloader read this manual, particularly these Basic Safety Rules.
Supervise and teach muzzleloading safety to all members of your family. Never lend your muzzleloader to anyone who is not thoroughly familiar with its operation and the basic rules of muzzleloading safety. Be certain that anyone using your muzzleloader has read and understands this Instruction and Safety Manual. Always be defensive and on guard against gun handling around you and others.
Knight® muzzleloaders are designed to function properly in their original condition. Do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others by modifying your muzzleloader.
Basic Muzzleloader Safety Rules
Many of the safety rules for muzzleloaders are the same as those for firearms. The best way to learn about firearm safety is a course taught by an NRA-approved or other qualified instructor. Check with your local gun clubs and firearm dealers. Here are a few of the most important general firearm safety rules:
Handling, Loading, and Unloading
∙ Always handle all firearms and muzzleloaders as if they were loaded. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Never point your firearm or muzzleloader at anything you do not intend to shoot.
∙ Keep your safeties on safe while handling and loading.
∙ Unload when not in use and never store a loaded firearm or muzzleloader. Remember to unload before cleaning too.
∙ Never intentionally drop a firearm or muzzleloader when loaded.
∙ Never climb with your firearm or muzzleloader. Use a rope or strap to lift and lower your unloaded firearm or unprimed muzzleloader.
Avoid Injuries When Firing
∙ Always wear adequate eye and ear protection when shooting.
∙ Never fire a firearm or muzzleloader with worn, broken, or modified parts.
∙ Never drink alcoholic beverages or take any type of drugs before or during shooting.
∙ Be sure of your backstop, what lies beyond, and the safety of bystanders, before you shoot.
Follow Hunting Safety Rules
∙ Never hunt from a tree stand without a full body harness
∙ Be aware of and follow the local hunting safety regulations
Even if you are proficient with other firearms, rifles, or other similar muzzleloaders, be sure to read the special muzzleloader safety rules below, as there may be features or functions of this product that you are not familiar with.
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