An exciting revelation in the world of muzzleloading came as a result of the joint effort between Federal Premium and Traditions Firearms. Though released in time for the 20/21 hunting seasons, the NitroFire continues to be a main focal point for 2021 new products. American Rifleman has traveled with the new firearm to test its capabilities in states where legal for hunting use, and the results are impressive.
The NitroFire is based on a hinge-action design with a straight-through breech-to-bore—gone are the blueprints of breech plugs, nipples and charging from the muzzle. The .50-cal. NitroFire, in conjunction with Federal Premium’s FireStick charge capsule, provides users with a easy-to-load, -clean and -operate firearm optioned with a 26” chrome-moly-steel barrel, improved trigger mechanism and Cerakote finish to provide repeatable accuracy and to sustain nature’s worst.
The gun’s black synthetic stock and 3-9x40 optic are optional; Traditions provides stock, optic and finish options to further tailor to the end-user’s needs. A solid aluminum ramrod and Quick-T handle are supplied to further bolster speedy reloading for fast follow-up shots. The company’s Elite XT trigger system is provided with a cross-bolt trigger safety. Additionally, a rebounding hammer is supplied for further safety and an enlarged spur on the hammer allows easy manipulation.
Since the inline design lacks the traditional breech plug, it allows users to charge the firearm from the rear with Federal Premium’s FireStick charge, whether a 100 or 120-gr. charge is required. A No. 209 shotgun primer is required for ignition. Users will find that the .50-cal. projectile loads easily from the muzzle and nests against shelf within the bore for consistent placement, which further aids in the firearm's repeatability.
BATFE considers the NitroFire as a firearm, thus requiring a Form 4473 transaction and approval for ownership. The result caused concern for lawmakers at the state level to focus on the lethality and legality of the muzzleloader for use during dedicated muzzleloading, or “Primitive” seasons. A growing list of states that are accepting the NitroFire for use is actively published HERE.