THE TRUTH ABOUT CVA MUZZLELOADERS 799


By Dudley McGarity

If you found this article while surfing the web or in a Google Search, you may have also noticed some other articles that present an extremely negative picture of both Blackpowder Products, Inc. and our CVA muzzleloading brand.  Unfortunately, this is nothing new to us, as most of it relates to Connecticut Valley Arms, Inc.’s Voluntary Recall — which was initiated way back in 1997.  Most of these negative “articles” are actually several years old, but it seems that every so often they resurface and cause a rash of new internet chatter.  As the CEO of BPI, I’d like to provide you with a little background information that will give you some insight as to why these persons would practice this “internet terrorism” against our company.

You’ll notice that all of these “hit pieces” originate from one of two individuals.   One of them has been engaged in an internet smear campaign against BPI and our CVA brand for several years now.  Interestingly, the last time we checked, he works part-time for one of our competitors, Savage Arms Company.  As for the other, he is a private investigator employed by a law firm that specializes in product liability lawsuits. Over the past several years, both of these men have essentially been working together for this law firm, apparently in the pursuit of clients for whom the firm can potentially file gun accident lawsuits against BPI.   As a part of this effort, the private investigator has recently set up a website on which he publishes, for the most part, information from the various court filings that were made in relation to accidents that occurred during the use of these recalled CVA guns – guns that were made in 1995 and 1996.  Needless to say, neither of these “gentlemen” could be considered unbiased commentators on CVA products.  To the contrary, both have a financial interest in publicizing only the information — be it selected, partial, distorted, and/or blatantly false — that would provide some sort of advantage to their law firm and/or publicly damage the reputation and business of BPI/CVA.

As for the recall, it is certainly no secret that, way back in 1997, Connecticut Valley Arms, Inc. did in fact initiate a voluntary recall of one design of an in-line gun that was made in 1995 and 1996.  And, it is also no secret that a number of people were injured with these guns.  However, Connecticut Valley Arms, Inc. took responsibility at that time by issuing the recall, and BPI (the current owner of the CVA brand) is continuing the recall effort in an attempt to find all of these guns.  So far, about 96% of the approximately 55,000 recalled guns have been accounted for.  The CVA Voluntary Recall is still in effect, and BPI continues to mention this in our CVA catalogs and on our CVA web page, and will be until every recall gun is found.  Other than the voluntary recall of these 1995 and 1996 guns, no other CVA gun model has ever been recalled for any reason. 

Now, in regard to the present rather than the past, the guns that are marketed under the CVA brand today bear little if any design similarity to those that were recalled in 1997.  In fact, none of the barrels we use today are sourced from outside vendors.  Rather, they are all made in the Bergara Barrels factory, a facility that is wholly owned by our parent company.  In addition to building the barrels for all CVA guns, Bergara Barrels also makes some of the most respected after market barrels available today, as well as providing barrels to many other highly reputed gun manufacturers throughout the world.  Because of our direct control over the barrel making processes, today’s CVA guns, when used as instructed, are as safe as any muzzleloader on the market.  Also, in terms of materials and construction, they are of equal, if not superior, quality to those of any of our competitors.  This fact has been illustrated by the success that the CVA brand has enjoyed for the better part of a decade now – as the # 1 selling muzzleloader brand in the world.

As a potential or present CVA owner, it is essential that you are able to use our guns with total confidence.  And, certainly, reading the ramblings of characters like those I mention above can understandably shake that confidence.  While there is nothing we can ever do that will erase the history of a product recall from 15 years ago, I do hope that I have provided you with a balancing perspective that will counter the misinformation that you may read about our company on the internet.

If you’d like to learn more about today’s CVA guns, and why they are now taking the market by storm, please check out our website at www.cva.com.


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799 thoughts on “THE TRUTH ABOUT CVA MUZZLELOADERS

  • erick

    just bought a CVA PR4452 Accu Bolt .50 in line, dont have the serial number in hand but i need an owners manuel and i would like to know if this is one of the models that is being recalled and if so will you still exchange it

  • Jason

    Mr. McGarity,
    I talked to you a couple of months ago about sending in the stocks for my CVA Optima’s that had broken sling holes. You told me to send the stocks in and that you guys would replace them. What address should i send them to?

  • Rob

    I have an issue with the apex 12g a barrel the extractor rod does not eject the shell and sometimes the shell is pushed past it requiring a knife to pry out the shell.

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Rob,

    I am sorry to hear that it hasn’t been working. You can call our customer service at 770-449-4687 and they will be happy to help you with that. I hope that helps the issue get resolved.

    -Taylor

  • calvin

    I have 2 cva guns one is a kodiac the other is an optima both 50 cal. I love the guns and have killed several deer with each.. keep up producing fine guns

  • Mike

    I have a CVA Bobcat with a s/n ending in 95. The hammer will does not seem to have any cocked position anymore and the nipple and adapter are missing. It is pretty corroded overall. Do you support these guns anymore and is it eligible for an exchange or repair? I don’t know if it would be safe to fire even if the nipple was replaced. Can you help?

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Mike,

    Unfortunately we no longer support the Bobcat. You may be able to find the parts at Dixie Gun works: 731-885-0700 Track of the Wolf: 763-633-2500 or Deer Creek: 765-525-6181 I can’t say anything about the safety as I can’t see the gun. I would take it by a qualified gunsmith first to verify that. I hope that helps.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Support

  • Jason

    I asked a couple of months ago what address to send my broken stocks to and no one responded. Will someone please respond ASAP.
    Thanks, Jason

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Jason,

    The address is 1685 Boggs Rd., Duluth, GA 30096 I would go ahead and call 770-449-4687 for instructions on how to get that completed.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support

  • Mark Hufford

    My wife and I both purchased the CVA Wolf. She used hers lightly for a year without any problems. So, I bought one just like it for myself. This past season we both encountered the same problem at different times. We both had deer in front of us and when we tryed to pull the hammers back they were locked up. They would not cock or budge. After oiling it and working it over and over it finally would cock. But, it happened again for her after that. Has there been any others with this problem? It couldn’t have been a coincident that it happened to us both. We don’t trust them enough to continue using them.
    Thanks,
    Mark

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Mark,

    The reason it is doing this is because the barrel isn’t locking into the frame properly. Try snapping it shut as hard as you can, if you close it too slowly it won’t work properly. If this does not work, give us a call at 770-449-4687 and we can set you up for a repair.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support

  • brian dawson

    My name is Brian Dawson I never owned a muzzleloader but I didn’t have a lot of money I herd CVA was the best. I went to my local sportsman’s warehouse and bought the wolf 50 cal. This was 2 moths ago. I have shot it over 100 times I love the 150 Grn magnum loads I’ve used 220 to 300 Grn bullets .I love shooting this gun and am saving for a better CVA . I’ve never had a problem and I shoot the crap out of this gun. This gun is accurate and dependable. Thank you CVA any ? bethdawson66@hotmail.com

  • Jack Jackson

    I have owned a CVA Blazer 50 cal for about 6 years now, I got It used in excellent shape for only 20 dollars, after some research I discovered the recall and called CVA, I was told that the gun was safe to use but would be replaced with a new weapon if I so chose , I declined and have been more than happy with my choice to keep my Blazer, how ever I recently ( 3 days ago) called CVA hunting for a new hammer for said same weapon, and was told by a BPI csr that the Blazers were never recalled and that there was no way to tell what year the gun was manufactured and that they in fact are not even marked with numbers! As CVA is a respected arms manufacturer, I feel the gross miss information being handed out by the individual I spoke to is a grave disservice to both CVA and their customers!

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Jack,

    They are both correct. There was never a recall on those guns, however, you can have it replaced with a new one if you so choose. The Blazer was made without replacement parts, making it necessary for us to replace them with modern break action inline rifles if they needed new parts. You can call us at 770-449-4687 if you would like to exchange them. We can take care of you from there.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support

  • Shane Taylor

    I just sent my Blazer in last week and am really hoping they will send me a Wolf! I noticed in the last post by CVA they stated that they would be replacing the Blazers with a break-down type muzzleloader. I sure hope that i get a Wolf,but any replacement will be great,i think that they have wonderful customer service. Has anybody sent a Blazer in recently? I am wondering what type of turn around time to expect,Muzzle-loading season is right around the corner.

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Shane,

    It looks like we got it in on Thursday, but it hasn’t been brought by customer service to send out a replacement yet. Once they bring it up here, we will send a replacement modern muzzleloader. It should be brought up to us soon, but I’ll walk back there and see if they’ll go ahead and give it to me.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support

  • Randy Kuhn

    I sold my Thompson and bought a CVA. Apex two years ago and ordered a Burgara shotgun barrel for it for turkey hunting same day as purchase. I emailed you about it (6 months later) wondering what’s up. and am still waiting almost 2 years now….. The reason I bought this gun was for versatility. Still so far…just a basic muzzle loader. Love the gun. And would like to brag about it but, I can’t yet. Still don’t have the reason for the switch in brands. ……
    Patiently waiting,
    Randy.

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Randy,

    Can you call us at 770-449-4687 and we can get you taken care of? It will be easier to sort out over the phone. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support

  • Dave Smith

    CVA Rocks- Took care of me and then some on an Brand-new Apex rifle. I took back anything negative I have ever thought or said about CVA as they do have and make a Better Gun !!!! A CVA customer for Life !!!!

  • Trevor Ramsay

    I have been shooting muzzleloaders for about 6 years now. I had a TC Renegade, Traditions Hawken and a Buckstalker. All have taken deer. The most accurate was the Buckstalker which price wise is comparable to the CVA. Well I got rid of the TC and and gave a friend the buckstalker. My Hawken from traditions sear broke a few days before Minnesota’s rifle season 2014. Not having time for a replacement to come before opener. I found a CVA for $164.99 on sale. I bought it and sighted in the morning of opener 5 rounds with TC shock wave 250 gr. It is very accurate beats the others hands down. The breech plug is great does as advertised two fingers. I took the largest deer a week ago with it that I have ever shot in Minnesota. 7 points real heavy and 206 pounds dressed. I shot the buck at 36 steps or about 80 feet. I am sold on CVA. Now I am looking to buy a Accura MR Nitride stainless and will be getting Opitma V2 Northwest and last a Optima V2 in blue. I am from Montana and Oregon originally. And have hunted with rifles and long range shooting for 24 years before moving to Minnesota in 2007. I may give up rifle to shoot CVA muzzleloaders only as they have the best in my mind and will shoot exclusively now in both muzzleloader and rifle seasons. Thank you for a top of the line product. And for the few non-believers try one today and for the price hands down beats the competition.

  • Jarod Todd

    I have a CVA blazer that we have used for a long time. It’s no longer usable as the rear of the stock where the barrel tang sits has broken off and the gun was recoiling against the round lugs under the barrel. That round lug is now loose and the ram rod wont stay in the gun when firing. its no longer safe to have other people fire let alone my wife as I’m worried that the barrel will come free from the stock when firing. Is there anything you can do?
    Jarod Todd

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Jarod,

    We have an exchange program for the Blazer. Give us a call tomorrow at 770-449-4687 and we will be glad to swap that out for you.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support

  • Travis Cross

    I’ve had a cva optima for three years now… bought it new three years ago! I have not been able to get consistent groups shooting it with 2, 777 pellets and powerbelt 245 green pointed bullets! they are all over the place at 50 yards. paper plate and then some size all over the place… on a lead sled! what should I do? change up bullets, change up powder… both? I’ve harvested a couple deer with the gun but they were 20 yards away from me… I’m concerned i’ll just end up wounding or missing one at 50 yards or greater! any help would be great!

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Travis,

    I would recommend bumping the bullet up to 295 grain. The 295 grain bullets tend to stabilize better than the 245 grain bullets and are usually more accurate. I can send you a pack of those if you call us at 770-449-4687. Also be sure to check your scope mount or fiber optic sights to make sure they are tight. In addition I would recommend not shooting off of a lead sled, but rather sand bags. It is very hard to get a good, consistant cheekweld on a lead sled, which can result in inconsistant groups. If none of these suggestions alleviate your problem, we can set up a repair for you.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support

  • David E. Flatbush, I

    I have a CVA Bobcat .50 and have had problems with misfires. I bought new powder and magnum #11 caps and am having the same problem. I am using 90 grains of Pyrodex powder with Powerbelt bullets. I have thoroughly cleaned my rifle several times. I even broke my nipple pick while cleaning the nipple. What could I be doing wrong?

  • Chris

    I have a brand new never been fired CVA wolf muzzleloader. I got it out today to line in and the firing pin would not hit the primer, to allow the gun to go off. I have searched the internet for a trigger assembly but no luck. This gun is brand new and season opens Monday. Feeling very disgusted.

  • William E Wells

    I just want my gun fixed, it is old beauitful,sweet, and she ate a cleaning jag several years ago an a gunsmith said no one could remove the plug. Lately I was told CVA has a special treatment for their older guns. Is this true. She has been on the wall for about five deer seasons. I don’t like the new in-li e guns would like to have my gun fixed for next year.

  • Alan Patrick

    My friend bought a wolf from someone else and it has the blued barrel. He wants to know if he can get a stainless barrel for it and where does he get one from? He lives near Tiffin Ohio. Does he have to go thru a dealer or can he do it thru you direct?

  • Donald George

    I have a cva blazer I love to old gun but I noticed a crack by the nipple and hammer in the stock then today a shot a deer with the gun and notice the crack busted off now I only part of the stock behind the breech lug , I really like my old gun I dont like the new in line I would consider swapping it for a cva hawkins if I can’t get a replacement stock . I know of the recall on the blazer but it shoots good iv taken several deer with it .. so can I get a stock for it ? Thanks

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    William,

    Unfortunately we haven’t made the sidelock rifles in nearly 20 years. Deer Creek Products still has many barrels from those rifles. You can find them at deercreekproducts.com or at 765-525-6181.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Donald,

    Unfortunately the CVA Hawkens have not been made in 20 years. We do have an exchange program for the Blazer, but it is exchanged with the Buckhorn or Wolf depending on what we have in stock. You can do that by sending it to:

    CVA Blazer Exchange
    1685 Boggs Road
    Suite 300
    Duluth, GA 30096

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    James,

    We do still honor the recall, and it is on inline rifles with a serial number beginning in a 61-13 and ending in a -95 or -96.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Chris,

    I apologize for the misfortune. If the hammer is not hitting the firing pin, we can definitely fix that for you and get you hunting. We can set up a repair for you if you call us at 770-449-4687 and we would be happy to take care of that for you.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support

  • Charles Patterson

    I have had a Wolf muzzle loader that I received as a gift probably 6 or 7 years ago the serial number is 61-13-096468-05. My question is about the barrel, since the get go, I have had a really hard time cleaning this barrel. I have always kept in a humidity controlled safe and cleaned it regularly, but every year the inside of the barrel seems to look worse and worse (pitting is what it looks like). I read online somewhere that PBI will replace any barrel that was manufactured prior to them purchasing CVA. This may be totally bogus, but I wanted to check, considering the barrels are almost as expensive as buying a new wolf muzze loader. Just want to know what my options are, if any? I have many firearms and all of them look brand new (on the inside of the barrel), even the Remington 740 Woodsmaster that was purchased back in the 50’s. this is why I wanted to know if maybe there was a defect in the process of how these barrels were made. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Donald George

    Ok thanks Taylor for getting back to me i’m not sure what I’m gonna do yet but I may send it off how long is the wait on the new Rifle? , Don

  • Travis Cross

    Thanks for getting back to me Taylor! I tried the heavier bullet. it did help a good bit! a buddy I was shooting with happened to be using IMR white hots and Barnes SpitFire 250gr bullets, so I decided to give them a try! I was shooting a 1/2 group at 75 yards with it! I was impressed! less then 1″ group at 100 yards… a few shots landed basically in the same holes! It amazes me how different each round shoots in each gun! Again, thanks for the help getting me pointed in the right direction!

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Charles,

    Unfortunately most of what is on the internet is not true. We do however have a trade in program. If you send that gun to us, we will give you a 30% off discount code for any gun directly from us. If you would like more information about this, you can call us at 770-449-4687. We can also give you tips and advice on keeping your muzzleloaders rust free.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support

  • Charles Patterson

    Taylor,

    Thanks for the quick response and the info about the 30% off deal. I am familiar with the steps to keeping a barrel rust free, but I appreciate the offer. Any ideas where I could get a replacement barrel used or new in good condition?

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Charles,

    You could try Deer Creek Products at 765-525-6181. We may also have refurbs after February that would be cheaper than a new barrel. You can call us then to see if we have any.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Alan,

    He can, they are $160 + $21.95 for shipping and handling. Also there is only a 50/50 chance that it will work on the gun without being fitted. If it doesn’t, then he will have to send the gun to us to get it fitted to his frame.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support