[:'(] I'm interested in getting my first muzzleloader, and want to not break the bank. I read a lot of of positive feedback on the Thomson Impact, and went to a gun shop yesterday to check one out. This rifle has a "hood" release which serves to both open the action and is supposed to help keep the elements out.
I just touched the "hood" and the action broke open, which leads me to conclude that this is a very poor design. Anyone who's ever walked through a little brush knows that you usually end up bumping into a bit with your rifle. The last thing you need to have happen is to have your action pop open. Also, just brushing the hood with your hand inadvertanyly could cause the action to break.
T/C is a great US company with a lot going for it, but I think they missed the mark with this one.
Anyone own one? Comments?