The Fire Storm combines traditional functionality with modern components and performance. By Paul Rackley, Associate Online Shooting Editor
The arguments over flintlock or percussion cap, traditional or inline have existed for years, with few people changing their minds, even as laws have changed to allow modern muzzleloaders to be used in more places.
Traditionalists believe flintlock or percussion cap muzzleloading rifles and blackpowder is the only fair way (they even argue among themselves about which is better), while inline enthusiasts claim their rifles are just muzzleloaders that shoot cleaner and more accurately. Neither side seems willing to change.
One reason many hunters use more modern muzzleloaders is because they’re compatible with blackpowder substitutes such as Pyrodex and Triple Seven, which burn cleaner and come in both powder and preformed pellets. Blackpowder is dirty and very corrosive, requiring traditional shooters to take extreme care to prevent rust from forming on their muzzleloaders.
Thompson/Center may have changed all that with the Fire Storm, a traditional-style muzzleloader that can shoot blackpowder substitutes, combining old-style shooting with easy cleaning