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

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  • 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


    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.


  • 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


    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.

    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


    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.

    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.

  • cvamuzzleloaders Post author


    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.

    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 ?