1st Step - After making sure that the gun is unprimed and uncharged, lower the striker to the "fired" position by pulling the trigger while holding the striker handle and slowly letting the striker go forward until it contacts the bare nipple.
2nd Step - Remove the ramrod from the thimble(s).
3rd Step - Remove the front stock assembly screw by turning it out counter-clockwise (as viewed from the bottom of the gun). Then remove the screw from the back of the trigger guard.
4th Step - The barrel and receiver may now be lifted out of the stock.
5th Step - The large receiver end cap at the rear of the receiver can now be removed by turning it counter-clockwise. This cap is under spring tension so be sure to maintain a firm grip on it while turning it out. Remove the receiver end cap, the spring and the striker handle retainer. Now, remove the striker handle by pulling it out of the striker body. Once the striker handle is removed, the striker body can be removed from the receiver by sliding it out the back.
6th Step - Once the striker body has been removed, insert the in-line muzzleloader breech plug wrench in through the receiver and onto the breech plug. Turn counterclockwise to unscrew the breech plug. You may have to exert some initial force in order to "break" the gas seal which was formed when the breech plug was originally "snugged" to the barrel during installation. There will be initial resistance to overcome.
The Trigger Assembly should not be removed from the receiver. If this is required, consult a qualified gunsmith or return your rifle to the factory for service.
Under no circumstances should the trigger mechanism be disassembled. Nor should the barrel be removed from the receiver. Further disassembly will void the warranty.
If service is required, contact the factory at (603) 332-2333.
7th Step - To reassemble, reverse the above procedure, making sure that you check for proper functioning of the trigger, striker & safety mechanism prior to loading and firing. (See page 26)
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