What is the FireStick? In short, it's a self-contained powder charge that is encapsulated inside of a polyethylene shell, similar in looks to that of a shotgun shell. This fast and easy solution to loading and unloading is sure to pique the interest of muzzleloaders across the country and ease the concerns of those who have wanted to try, but may have previously been intimidated by muzzleloaders. Federal's FireStick comes preloaded with 100 or 120 grains of Hodgdon Triple 8 powder, eliminating the need for loose powder or pellets. Because the FireStick comes preloaded, shooters will always have a consistent amount of powder in a safe and easy to handle capsule. The polyethylene case is waterproof which knocks out concerns about how the elements, and particularly moisture, will impact your load. And because the charge is contained inside of the FireStick the system stays cleaner as the powder isn't touching the barrel directly which means shooters won't have to clean the barrel between every other shot. On the back end of the FireStick is a built in sleeve where the shooter inserts a regular 209 primer, after which the whole FireStick can be put in the breech.
It's important to note that the Federal Premium FireStick is part of a whole new ignition system that only works in conjunction with a Traditions NitroFire muzzleloader. The FireStick will only work in the new NitroFire muzzleloader, and is not compatible with any other existing muzzleloader. In addition, because of its specific design, the NitroFire cannot be used with loose powder. The NitroFire features a shelf that the bullet seats against that not only completely prevents breech loading, but it also creates more accuracy in loading as the bullets will be seated into the same position with every load.
It's an exciting new innovation for muzzleloader hunting and one that states are trying to hop on board with before the fall hunting seasons. It's likely that there will be around 30 states that allow the use of the FireStick this fall and possibly more if rules and regulations can be advocated for and changed in time. The Federal FireStick will run $25 for a package of 10 and they will be available this summer, so watch for them!