Understanding The Trigger Striker Safety Mechanism of the TC InLine Muzzleloader

The T/C in-line 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 T/C in-line muzzleloader has several design features which are different than traditional muzzleloading firearms, and must be understood before you attempt to use and fire your in-line muzzleloader. See the illustrations on page 28.

T/C's modern-style in-line muzzleloaders are shipped from the factory with a No.11 nipple installed; some with a musket cap nipple; and others with the 209 shotgun primer adapter installed.T/C's modern-style in-lines are capable of accepting any of the three ignition systems, all of which are available as accessory items; and certain models may have them included in the original packaging.

If you choose to change the type of ignition, remove the striker in accordance with the instructions as outlined in this manual, and insert the Deluxe In-line Breech Plug Wrench through the receiver and on to the nipple (No.11 or musket cap), or on to the 209 shotgun primer adapter. Turn counter-clockwise. Once the nipple or adapter has been removed, screw in the appropriate type of ignition system desired. Be sure to follow the instructions in this book for information on the correct way to remove the striker and later reassemble.

The use of T/C's Deluxe In-Line Breech Plug Wrench (T/C Part No.7766) requires the removal of the striker as previously stated. T/C also has a boxend breech plug wrench which does not require that you remove the striker from the gun. Install the boxend wrench on the breech plug (as you would when using any boxend wrench) and turn counter-clockwise. Note:T/C's boxend wrench can only be used if your rifle has not been scoped, as you will need clearance when turning the wrench. If you have scoped your rifle, it will be necessary to remove the striker and use the Deluxe In-Line Breech Plug Wrench which is sold as an accessory (T/C Part No.7766).

The Striker mechanism consists of several parts which reside within the receiver. When the safety is 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 cap or primer that was placed on the nipple by the shooter.

The "Thumb Safety" lever has two positions, all the way rearward where it is lined up with the green dot on the stock (safety engaged) and all the way forward where it is lined up with the red dot on the stock (fire position).

The "Thumb Safety" in the rearward position is the condition that the in-line muz-zleloader must be carried in, with no cap on the nipple.

While the striker handle is in the "cocked" position and the thumb safety is in the "Safety" (rearward) position, a cap or primer can be placed on the respective nipple or adapter immediately prior to firing the in-line muzzleloader.

Pushing the thumb safety forward brings the mechanism to the "Fire" position. Pulling the trigger at this point will cause the striker to fall forward and strike the cap or primer, thereby igniting the powder charge and firing the gun.

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    How a striker safety works for muzzleloader?
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    What is an inline triger safety?
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