Federal FireStick Earns Guns & Ammo “Innovation of the Year” Award


Federal FireStick Earns Guns & Ammo “Innovation of the Year” Award

Federal Firestick propellant capsules with rifle, primers, and bullets.

The Federal FireStick is pretty cool, and if you’re a gun person and don’t know about it, you should. It’s a plastic capsule containing propellant, and it’s meant to be used in muzzleloading rifles. And if you think about it, it represents a natural progression from the pelletized propellants which have dominated the muzzleloading market in recent decades. You can read more about the Federal Firestick in this post (click here).

Yes, the gun is still a muzzleloader, because the bullet must still be rammed down the bore from the muzzle. It’s just a lot easier to load, more weatherproof, and considerably easier & safer to unload. For these and other reasons, Guns & Ammo magazine has dubbed the Federal FireStick its Innovation of the Year, according to a recent press release.

I’ll paste the press release below, but I must note that inline muzzleloaders existed long before 1985. They were simply not widely manufactured or accepted among hunters. And I must agree the Federal FireStick may indeed represent a significant turning point in muzzleloader hunting history.

ANOKA, Minnesota –- Guns & Ammo magazine has given the Federal Premium Firestick its Innovation of the Year award due to its potential to revolutionize the world’s oldest long gun: the muzzleloader. Federal’s FireStick is a proprietary and newly-patented muzzleloading propellant system that is safer and easier to use than ever before. Developed with Traditions and Hodgdon, this new system revolutionizes a muzzleloader platform for hunting enthusiasts.

“From the improved ease and safety of loading, inspection and unloading, the FireStick addresses nearly every issue with modern muzzleloading,” said Guns & Ammo Editor Eric Poole. “Not since the 1985-introduction of the in-line muzzleloader has there been as impactful of a development. And it should not be overlooked that by sealing a consistent powder charge, Federal has managed to improve a muzzleloader’s accuracy potential and consistency downrange.”

“As long as there have been muzzleloading firearms, their shooters have been burdened by reliability, consistency and safety concerns. The new Federal Premium FireStick solves those issues,” said Federal Muzzleloader Product Director Rick Stoeckel. “Our encapsulated propellant charge is a safer, cleaner, more convenient and reliable way to hunt with a muzzleloader. We truly appreciate this highly regarded recognition of the innovation our team worked so hard to achieve.”

The FireStick charge is completely impervious to moisture. It features clean-burning Hodgdon Triple Eight powder and is loaded to the same tight tolerances as other Federal Premium factory ammunition. This ensures shot-to-shot consistency and accuracy that muzzleloaders have never experienced before. FireStick can be removed quickly, simply and safely by slipping it out of the action—there’s no need to fire the rifle to unload it.

The FireStick can be used with the shooter’s choice of bullets and primers. It is the perfect match for Federal Premium Trophy Copper or Lead Tipped muzzleloader bullets and 209 Muzzleloading Primers. Currently, the FireStick is only compatible with the new NitroFire rifle from Traditions. Learn more at: https://www.federalpremium.com/firestick.html.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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