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 "safety" position 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 ThunderHawk 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 ThunderHawk unprimed, with the striker in the "cocked" position and the thumb safety engaged (fully rearward).
WHEN YOU ARE READY TO FIRE YOUR ThunderHawk®, PRIME IT AS SHOWN IN PHOTO "G" below.
Hold the ThunderHawk with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and press the No.11 percussion cap down tightly onto the nipple. Then pull the striker handle up and out of the "Safety" position and into the "Fire" position. The rifle is now ready to fire. RAISE THE MUZZLELOADER AND FIRE THE SHOT!
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