Which of the following firearms is an example of an inline percussion muzzleloader? Your first answer to that question will be a shotgun, but if you’re really confused then just relax – there are loads of other options. To simplify things a bit, we’ll assume that you want to fire your BBs at an extremely fast velocity (500 ft per second or greater). That being said let’s look at each of the options as best we can.
A shotgun is a classic choice for an inline percussion muzzleloader. The reason for this is because they are relatively cheap and they shoot at very fast rates (even with a relatively slow firing speed if that). There are some drawbacks to shotgun muzzleloaders, however. For starters, because they are cheap they are prone to jamming – especially if you get one with a short barrel. Also, they don’t hold much mass, so if you are trying to fire off several shots at once (a common scenario) it’s not going to be very efficient.
A pistol, by contrast, is a better option for what we’d like to assume is an example of an inline percussion muzzleloader. While it is not as fast as a shotgun it will hold mass more reliably and can fire off multiple shots (although it will likely be a lot less powerful than a shotgun as well). It also has the advantage of not jamming as easily. One problem that may arise with a pistol, however, is the need to maintain a full magazine (as in, it won’t feed unless you have a full magazine). Finally, it cannot fire as rapidly as a shotgun, which can limit its effectiveness against small game.
Now semi automatics are a good choice for what we’d like to assume is an example of an inline percussion muzzleloader. They tend to be less accurate than shotguns but are much faster (and thus much more efficient) when it comes to reloading. In effect, they’re a shotgun but with better accuracy. They cannot, however, fire off as many shots (although it wouldn’t be too difficult for one to do so given enough time) and it would be difficult, if not impossible, to load a semi-automatic from scratch.
Lastly, we come to a repeating gun. This type of weapon is really nothing more than a pump or a bullet clip/loader, except in situations where a shotgun is not available (as in this case it would be too impractical). The way it functions is fairly simple: the user loads a blank casing (usually brass) into the magazine, places the magazine on the bottom of the shotgun, and then loads the desired amount of ammunition into the gun. The shells are propelled out by a closing device that pushes the rounds out against a closed breech, and the breech closes once the desired amount of shot has been taken. It’s an excellent choice for situations where accuracy is vital and multiple shots can be carefully aimed.
The above list illustrates the potential usefulness of these guns in a number of situations. Ultimately, the choice will depend on personal preference. In most cases, however, a shotgun is more appropriate and there are more situations where it is indeed appropriate to use a shotgun instead of aifle. Those which are not applicable, such as hunting, are not discussed in this article.