THE TRUTH ABOUT CVA MUZZLELOADERS 779


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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779 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

  • Brian

    I am trying to find a replacement part for the barrel release lever on my CVA Optima 209. The plactic piece that is attached by a set screw. I can;t seem to find one or where to get a new one.

  • Lawrence Carpenter

    I just bought a cva wolf magnum last week Iam having a heck of a time getting it to group I have spent around 150.00 on different powder and bullets and keep trying different combos to see what it likes but no luck best I can get is a 6 to8 inch groups at 50 yards off a bench rest. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have less than 2 weeks before nh muzzle loading season starts and I am starting to stress out.

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Brian,

    Unfortunately you’ll just have to send it to us for a repair. We can set that up for you if you call us at 770-449-4687. We will be able to take care of you from there.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital support

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author

    Lawrence,

    We recommend the 295 grain Aerotip Powerbelts with 100 grains of White Hot pellets. Make sure that your scope base and rings are tight and that you are shooting off of sand bags. If you need further help, we can give more advice or set up a repair by calling 770-449-4687.

    Thanks,
    Taylor
    CVA Digital Support

  • Robert

    I recently purchased a CVA BP rifle. It is labeled as “BPI CVA Wind River Magnum .50 Cal 1:28 twist” SN 61-13-060304-06. I need a manual for this rifle as I am new to in-line BP rifles. Have 2 side-locks. Don’t know what cap to use not how to clean the rifle. Thanks