CVA Crossfire Break Action Muzzleloader with FireStick Technology

Hrachya H
by Hrachya H

Federal Ammunition introduced the FireStick muzzleloading ammunition system at SHOT Show 2020. In firearms utilizing this technology, the projectile is still loaded down the muzzle but the propellant is sealed in a shotshell-like polymer capsule which is loaded through the breech end of the barrel and is primed with a 209 shotgun primer. CVA have just announced the release of their new Crossfire break action muzzleloading rifle that uses the FireStick system. Let’s take a closer look at the CVA Crossfire muzzleloader and Federal FireStick ammunition.


CVA Crossfire (2)

CVA Crossfire is a .50 caliber muzzleloading rifle that has a 26″ barrel with a 1:28″ twist rate. The company recommends using the ELR Series of PowerBelt muzzleloader bullets in this rifle. The overall weight of this muzzleloader is 8 lbs. The CVA Crossfire will be available in two barrel/action and stock color/camouflage combination options – Patriot Brown/Excape and Stainless Steel/Black. The MSRP of CVA Crossfire muzzleloading rifle is $450 or $575 depending on the choice of the finish.

CVA Crossfire (3)

The main advantages of the FireStick muzzleloading ammunition technology are as follows:

  • No double charging is possible
  • Precisely pre-measured and consistent powder charge in each capsule
  • Safe, easy and quick unloading procedure of the firearm done by simply removing the powder capsule and pushing the projectile forward from the breech end
  • Powder charge is sealed and protected from moisture and elements
  • Barrel is easy to clean
Cutaway model of a muzzleloader barrel with FireStick ammunition system

Federal currently offers FireStick capsules loaded with 80, 100 and 120 grains of Hodgdon Triple Eight powder. The different charge weight capsules have different colors (yellow, orange and red) which should allow quick identification in the field. All three flavors of the FireStick capsules have an MSRP of $34.99. The FireStick capsules are non-reloadable.

The FireStick system components

Pictures by CVA,

Hrachya H
Hrachya H

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  • Daekar Daekar on Aug 19, 2023

    Would be great to see somebody post 3D printable schematic for this, I bet they would be quick to print and strong enough. Hardest part would be getting the diameter for the 209 primer just right.

  • Noob Noob on Aug 20, 2023

    I can see this being popular with prohibited persons who cannot own a "firearm" but still want to go shooting.