Is Thompson Center done? Schuetzen brings in 2 million caps, and Georgia legalizes the Paramount HTR

Is Thompson Center done? Schuetzen brings in 2 million caps, and Georgia legalizes the Paramount HTR

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May has just started and we already have big news for muzzle loading enthusiasts.

Some unexpected news broke this week via the Outdoor Wire, Smith & Wesson has announced they will be divesting the Thompson/Center Arms Brand. Sadly, Smith & Wesson haven’t owned Thompson/Center for 20 years, having bought the company in 2006 and many feel S&W never gave the brand a chance, citing limited releases and support for their once best selling muzzleloading rifles and the customers who shoot them.

It’s a sad day to see such an iconic brand being discarded by Smith and Wesson. With interest in muzzleloaders still climbing, they are losing out on a real opportunity.

Hopefully someone else will see the opportunity at hand and invest in Thompson/Center Arms, giving muzzleloading enthusiasts more choice in their next muzzleloader.

Georgia House Bill 362 was signed into law on May 1, 2021 surrounded by a CVA Hat and the new Paramount HTR. Being their home state, perhaps CVA, and their parent company, BPI Outdoors had a hand in this new bill. Previously, the caliber limit was .44 caliber. This is a large change, taking the caliber size well below the needed .40 caliber to allow for the new CVA Paramount HTR and Knight Peregrine. It’s an exciting time to be in the muzzleloading industry. Innovation keeps coming and it looks like some states want to keep sportsmen happy!

Cap and ball shooters can rejoice! Schuetzen Black Powder just received 2 MILLION RWS caps today. Soon they will be on their way to distributors here in the states shortly. With shortages looking like they could continue through the better half of 2021, this is welcome news.

“2 million RWS 1075s and 1075+ percussion caps shipping
out to our distributors. Can’t shoot black powder without percussion
— Schuetzen Black Powder

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0:03 S&W Devests Thompson Center Arms
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3:09 Schuetezen Brings 2 Million Caps to US
4:37 Georgia legalizes Paramount HTR


  1. preacher biggin on October 30, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    NOW is the time for cva to come out with THEIR version of the contender/encore.

  2. William M on October 30, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    I have a tc venture and a tc triumph both of them are nail drivers.

  3. Robert Malmgren on October 30, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Maybe if the TC name dies the aftermarket can legally make replacement parts

  4. William M on October 30, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Took me 3 weeks to find fda 209a caps and blackhorn 209. Had to go mom and pop stores.

  5. Mark Fair on October 30, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    When you set gun use by caliber. I think muzzle velocity bullet weight and the most important shot placement of the game are all factor’s. Black horn has taken the muzzleloader to the center fire age. I like hunting with the side locks because of the challenge. I have a savage 10ML and can kill deer all day long at over 200 yards. But I still love my tradition’s PA pellet ultralight rifle in flintlock. I would love tradition’s to use that platform to make other calibers 36 45. I love the ability to pull the breech plug anytime I want.

  6. William M on October 30, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    I have a tradition bolt action muzzleloader to had cva none of them shoot as good as the tc

  7. Andrew Ellinger on October 30, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    I just want reasonably priced TC contenders and encores and to be able to buy barrels.