The ThunderHawk® muzzleloading firearm is a modern cap lock rifle that combines both the functional aspects of an old-time cap lock with the looks of a modern bolt-action rifle. The ThunderHawk® has several design features which are different than traditional muzzleloading firearms, and must be understood before you attempt to use and fire your ThunderHawk®.
The striker mechanism consists of 5 parts which reside within the receiver. When in the "Fire" position, the striker is released when the trigger is pulled. allowing the striker to move forward quickly under spring tension and strike the percussion cap that was placed on the nipple by the shooter.
To lock the striker into the "Safety" position, pull the striker handle fully rearward and press the striker handle down into the striker handle retaining notch of the receiver. The striker handle will now be in line with the green dot on the stock. Pulling the trigger while the striker is in this position will not release the striker. The "Safety" position is the condition that the ThunderHawk must be carried in, with no cap on the nipple. While the striker handle is in this "Safety" position. a percussion cap can be placed on the nipple immediately prior to moving the striker into the "Fire" position and firing the ThunderHawk®.
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