Never fire a muzzleloader unless you are sure the projectile is firmly seated on the powder charge and the ramrod has been removed from the bore. Shooters should bear in mind that the muzzleloading projectile is not crimped into position as is the fixed cartridge projectile. If a projectile does not fit tightly then jarring or movement of the firearm can cause it to move forward. If the firearm is fired when a projectile is forward or off the powder charge,or the ramrod is still in the bore, then the projectile or ramrod may act as a bore obstruction. This can cause a ruptured or burst barrel. A RUPTURED OR BURST BARREL MAY CAUSE INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. If, due to fouling, a bullet or ball becomes lodged part way down the barrel, the firearm must be disassembled and the charge removed. See section on "Cleaning". Also see section on "Pulling a Charge".
Priming Your Charged System 1™. If you have followed the preceding instructions your firearm will now be charged with Black Powder or Pyrodex and a projectile will be firmly seated against the powder charge. Your ramrod will be marked to the exact seating depth allowing you to ensure that each future projectile is seated in the same careful manner. The striker handle of your System 1 will be in the "Safety" position.
Do not prime the firearm until you are actually ready to fire and you have double checked to ensure that the striker handle is in the "cocked" position, the thumb safety is engaged (fully rearward) and ramrod has been removed from the bore. Thompson/Center does not recommend priming the firearm until the instant before actual firing. Carrying a charged, primed System 1 can be dangerous. ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE IS A CONSTANT HAZARD WHICH, IF IT OCCURS, CAN CAUSE INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. The only safe way to guard against an accidental discharge is to carry your System 1 unprimed, with the striker in the "cocked" position and the thumb safety engaged (fully rearward).
WHEN YOU ARE READY TO FIRE YOUR System 1™, PRIME IT AS SHOWN IN PHOTO "G" below.
With the striker in the "cocked" position and the safety engaged (fully rearward) hold the System 1 with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and press the No.11 percussion cap down tightly onto the nipple. Slide the thumb safety fully forward to disengage it. The rifle is now ready to fire. RAISE THE System 1™ AND FIRE THE SHOT!
When firing the System 1™, hold it tightly against the shoulder, allowing your body weight to absorb and buffer the force of the recoil. AN IMPROPERLY HELD FIREARM CAN "KICK" UPWARDS CAUSING FACIAL INJURY AND/OR BRUISING.
If you decide not to fire, engage the thumb safety by pulling it fully rearward. Then remove the cap from the nipple.
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