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The FireStick Is Just the Latest Innovation in the Evolution of Muzzleloaders

Photo by: Outdoor Life

A hunter takes aim with a Traditions NitroFire muzzleloader. (Bill Buckley/) Probably the first great leap forward in muzzle­loader technology occurred in the 1700s, when Pennsylvania gunmaker Martin Meylin added rifling to his barrels, creating the first long rifles (known as Pennsylvania or Kentucky long rifles). Those spiral grooves stabilized projectiles and extended their ­effective range. This...

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