Which of the Following Firearms is an Example of an Inline Percussion muzzleloader?
What makes a muzzleloader different from other types of repeating rifles? For starters, it has a long “lance,” or handle, which allows it to be operated with one hand. The second important feature is that the rifled barrel can actually be shot underhand.
This is an excellent question and answer choice. As previously mentioned, the answer to this question will depend on what type of repeating rifles you are considering. If you are comparing a muzzleloader with a repeating rifle, then you have to compare the firing mechanics of both the devices. In other words, you have to determine which of the two devices will allow you to chamber a round in a single motion. For example, a shotgun will always chamber a round in the back, frontward and down position, regardless of what position the trigger is held down.
So, if we consider repeating rifles as the model, then the answer to the previous question should be simple – a shotgun. That being said, now you must determine which of the two devices will be the closest in functionality to a muzzleloader. This is easily accomplished because both shotguns and muzzleloaders fire in similar fashion. Both require an open bolt assembly to be held in the hand of the operator. The difference between the two devices lies in the manner in which the rounds are fed into the gun.
When compared to a shotgun, a muzzleloader is clearly more effective. Why is this so? Because a shotgun, as noted above, functions by “chambering” the round in the back, frontward and downward positions. Once this process is complete, then the next step is feeding the firearm from the rear, frontward and upward positions. Because of this, it is clear that a shotgun is more likely to encounter “chambered” or impacted rounds during this process.
With a muzzleloader, the round is fed from the front, back and up position. Once this action has occurred, then the firearm can be discharged in any of the three cardinal directions. Unlike a shotgun, a muzzleloader will also not encounter impacted or chambered rounds upon discharge. For shooters using a muzzleloader, these differences help to create a unique situation between the shotgun and a muzzleloader.
So, why is this type of firearm so well suited for beginning shooters, and how does it affect your shooting pattern and results? To understand this, it helps to understand a little about the differences between a shotgun and a muzzleloader. As noted above, a shotgun will “chambble” a loaded round after it is fired once. A muzzleloader, on the other hand, only loads a round when it is being discharged. Although the shotgun is a direct firing weapon and fires in an open area, it can hit things at a distance and the muzzleloader helps to minimize this risk by loading a round when the gun is in the fired position and then firing it.