What is an Example of a Caplock muzzleloader?
Which of the following firearms is an example of a clock muzzleloader? For simplicity’s sake let’s assume for argument’s sake that we are considering only double shot shotguns and double shot rifles. If that’s the case, then we have eliminated rifles with detachable magazines as being examples of a clock muzzleloader. Rifles with fixed magazines are also excluded from this discussion. (This eliminates the old “one-handed shooting” rule where it was thought that any rifle with a detachable magazine could be a one-handed shooter!)
Now let’s consider some of the other options available to a user of a shotgun. One option is the magazine-fed repeating shotgun, which is the more traditional shotgun type. Other options include lever or non-lever models, pump models, and rimless models. The magazine fed, repeating shotgun is the shotgun type that fires directly at the target.
Pump models are similar to semi-automatic shotguns but feature a mechanism that will release a shot with each pump. This creates a shotgun effect rather than the single shot self-loading shotgun effect of the double shot shotguns. Rimless models are the same principle as a shotgun but have a magazine inserted in the top of the weapon along with a cylinder to hold the ammunition. The shotgun effect created by these weapons is identical to the one that would be created by a fully automatic firearm. Which example is the most appropriate example of a clock muzzleloader?
For argument’s sake only, let us assume that we are looking only at double shot shotguns. Let us consider them in their full capacity: one shot per pump. That gives us twelve overall shots, or an accumulative of thirty-six individual shots. That is, when all is said and done, four people could fire the shotguns in the course of a typical scenario. Now, given that scenario, which of the following firearms is the most appropriate example of a clock muzzleloader?
In truth there really is no appropriate example of a shotgun in this instance because there are no repeating shotguns. The closest model to this concept would be a revolving shotgun, and in this case we are merely dealing with a single shot. How can this distinction be determined? By examining the shotguns themselves. The repeating shotguns feature a large drum magazine, a drum that features a large number of holes.
The large number of holes in the magazine indicates a shotgun that is designed for rapid firing, and in this instance the repeating shotguns would be the perfect example of an example of a clock muzzleloader. Once again, our goal here is not to define what an example of a clock muzzleloader might look like but rather to illustrate the point that this shotgun was designed for rapid firing. This being said, there are still other models of shotguns that feature a larger drum magazine and a two-piece fluted shell holder. These shotguns are examples of a double shot shotgun and are very popular amongst hunters.