Whether you’re considering the purchase of a new Knight Muzzleloader or you have owned one for 20 years, you made the best choice when it comes to the most reliable, accurate and safe modern muzzleloader on the market. Being a member of the Knight family means you are now part of the tradition of the past with the technology of the future. Knight Rifles has helped muzzleloading mature from a nostalgic interest into a true hunting sport and with your Knight muzzleloader, you can expect unmatched accuracy on the range and in the field.
In the Welcome to Knight – Getting to know your rifle series we are going to introduce you to your Knight Rifle and give you guidelines on how to properly care for it, load it, fire it and more.
Unpacking Your New Knight Muzzleloader
Knight Muzzleloaders are delivered factory-packaged, preserved with a coating of protective oil, and placed in a corrosion resistant bag for shipping. Before loading and firing, make certain that all protective oil has been cleaned from the bore, breech plug, nipple, and exposed firing mechanisms. Your muzzleloader has been tested, inspected, and properly packaged at the factory. Knight Rifles cannot control product handling after shipment. Please examine the muzzleloader carefully at the time of purchase to ensure that it is unloaded and undamaged. Your dealer will be pleased to assist you in making this examination and will answer any additional questions you may have.
Getting to Know Your New Knight Muzzleloader
It is important that you select appropriate priming devices, amount and kind of propellant, and projectiles for your model.
All Knight muzzleloaders are equipped to use 209 shotshell primers as priming devices. Some are also able to utilize percussion caps. Most Knight muzzleloaders feature the Full Plastic Jacket Ignition System Concept™, which allows you to utilize a 209 shotshell primer as the ignition source, completely weatherproofing the receiver area. The hotter shotshell primer ignition puts more fire into the breech end ensuring spontaneous ignition, faster lock time, consistent velocity, and a hotter burn of the powder charge for a cleaner breech area. This contributes to better accuracy.
Knight muzzleloaders use Black Powder FFg, and industry approved black powder substitutes. Some models can also use pelletized powder. WARNING: Never use smokeless powder. It can cause your muzzleloader to explode. There are many black powder substitutes available. Be aware of and follow all instructions and warnings that apply to the propellant you choose.
Knight muzzleloaders use a variety of projectiles, depending on the model. WARNING: Knight Rifles does not recommend the use of non saboted lead projectiles. These bullets can easily be moved from the powder charge. This will result in an obstructed barrel, and upon firing, could cause an explosion. If you choose or legally have to shoot non saboted lead projectiles, always check that your projectile is properly seated immediately before priming and firing.
Basic Firearm and Muzzleloader Safety Rules
WARNING: Muzzleloaders can seriously or fatally injure shooters and bystanders if not handled properly. Before you use your muzzleloader read this manual, particularly these Basic Safety Rules.
Supervise and teach muzzleloading and firearm safety to all members of your family. Never lend your muzzleloader to anyone who is not thoroughly familiar with its operation and the basic rules of muzzleloading safety. Be certain that anyone using your muzzleloader has read and understands this Instruction and Safety Manual. Always be defensive and on guard against gun handling around you and others.
Knight muzzleloaders are designed to function properly in their original condition. Do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others by modifying your muzzleloader.
Many of the safety rules for muzzleloaders are the same as those for firearms. The best way to learn about firearm safety is a course taught by an NRA-approved or other qualified instructor. Check with your local gun clubs and firearm dealers. Here are a few of the most important general firearm safety rules:
Handling, Loading, and Unloading
- Always handle all firearms and muzzleloaders as if they were loaded. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
- Never point your firearm or muzzleloader at anything you do not intend to shoot.
- Keep your safeties on safe while handling and loading.
- Unload when not in use and never store a loaded firearm or muzzleloader. Remember to unload before cleaning too.
- Never intentionally drop a firearm or muzzleloader when loaded.
- Never climb with your firearm or muzzleloader. Use a rope or strap to lift and lower your unloaded firearm or unprimed muzzleloader.
Avoid Injuries When Firing
- Always wear adequate eye and ear protection when shooting.
- Never fire a firearm or muzzleloader with worn, broken, or modified parts.
- Never drink alcoholic beverages or take any type of drugs before or during shooting.
- Be sure of your backstop, what lies beyond, and the safety of bystanders, before you shoot.
Follow Hunting Safety Rules
- Never hunt from a tree stand without a full body harness.
- Be aware of and follow the local hunting safety regulations.
WARNING: Even if you are proficient with other firearms, rifles, or other similar muzzleloaders, be sure to read the special muzzleloader safety rules below, as there may be features or functions of this product that you are not familiar with.
Special Muzzleloader Safety
Avoid Accidental Firing
A muzzleloader can seriously or fatally injure you or bystanders due to accidental firing when it is primed with a priming device (either a 209 shotgun primer or percussion cap) but not loaded, when it is loaded with a powder and a projectile but not primed, or when it is both primed and loaded.
- Know your safety systems. Some models have two safety systems, while others have only one. Use all of the safety systems on your muzzleloader whenever you are not ready to fire.
- Keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction if your muzzleloader fails to fire. It could fire after a delay.
- Remove the priming device before crossing a fence, climbing a tree, jumping a ditch, or negotiating other obstacles. A primed muzzleloader can fire if dropped or impacted.
- Never rest the firing pin or striker against the priming device. An impact in this condition could cause the muzzleloader to fire, even with safeties engaged.
- Always swab the barrel with a moistened patch between shots to remove potential hot residue that could ignite powder and to improve shot to shot accuracy.
- Never use smokeless powder in Knight muzzleloaders.
- Never exceed the recommended maximum powder charge for your Knight muzzleloader. Please see individual models for recommended load limits of Black Powder FFg, and industry approved black powder substitutes, by volume or its equivalent for Knight Rifles. See your specific rifle’s page for maximum powder charges.
- Make sure your muzzleloader is unloaded before attempting to load.
- Never install a percussion cap or primer on the nipple before loading.
- Be sure that the barrel and nipple flash channel are clear of any obstruction.
- Be sure the bullet is firmly seated on the powder charge.
Keep an eye out for the next part of the series where we discuss care and cleaning.