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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  • Dudley McGarity -- CEO

    Mike: If the serial number ends in 95 or 96 then it would be a recall gun. If so, call 770-449-4687 and talk to one of our Customer Service Reps to arrange for return and replacement. Thanks, Dudley

  • Morris

    I had good news bad news today. The good news was just as I was leaving for the hospital my cva came. I didn’t have time to open the box. I went and had a minor surgery on my back and I was telling my Dr. about my new rifle arriving today. Then the bad news. I can’t shoot it for 11 days. Well I got a feeling I will be shooting it before then. I really like the look of the cva wolf and the ease of removing the breech plug. I sure can’t wait to load it up and sight it in. Thank you so much cva for such great and fast service. This is my third cva and I will never own any muzzle loader besides the cva. A truly great American company.
    Thank you.

  • Robert Wagner

    Will a .32 cal CVA side lock precussion barrel, 25 inches long fit into a current Traditions Deerhunter stock? It looks close. Considering buying a new barrel on line from and individual.

  • Dudley McGarity -- CEO

    Robert: It is very doubtful that it would fit without modification. The question is: Will if fit even with inletting? The answer is “perhaps” if there is extra material (wood) in the stock that can be removed to make the barrel fit, but “no” if there is not enough material to accomodate the barrel. That’s something that can only be determined by looking at the barrel and stock together. Best regards, Dudley

  • Charlie Hoff

    I have a 50 cal BPI that was purchased late 90’s or early 2000″s. Made in Spain. Magbolt 150. # 61-13-139554-01. Is it possible to get a handbook or owners manual on this. I was wanting to start shooting it again.

  • J Mac

    Credit where credit is due.


    If you remember a while back i had an issue with open sights and a new accura MR. You and your company corrected by sending a new Accura V2, and return label for MR. I headed out to the range, and can say it is the most accurate muzzel loader I have ever shot. I had a chance to go out 6 time before heading out west. I was consistenly hitting a 12×18 inch target at 200 yds, with your supplied open FO sights.

    I made it out west and it only took 1 shot for my 6×6 Bull Elk. 120 yds up a steep hill.

    Thank you again for correcting the situation, and for the rifle for my hunt of a lifetime.

    I cant wait for deer season back here in Michigan, and my new Accura V2.


  • Dudley McGarity -- CEO

    JMac: That is great to hear. I am glad that we were able to make it all work out for you. Sorry for the confusion on the MR. Send us a photo of the elk if you can. We will post it on Facebook. Good hunting for the rest of the season. Best regards, Dudley

  • George Rader

    I purchased a CVA Stag Horn .54 Cal in the late ’90s or early ’00. I recently got it down and started getting it ready to shoot and in the process, started reading about the recall. Mine has a serial no. from 1997. I read up on the available powder and decided that I want to give the Hodgdon Triple Seven FFG a try. I will be using the AC1597 348 Gr Power Belt bullets. I replaced the #11 cap with the 209 modification. Now, the Triple Seven requires a different powder load from standard black powder. Is there a load table for using this powder? Also, the fire hole in the breech plug looks to be about .010″ should that be opened up to .032″? I am going by a friends recommendation but wanted to check first.
    My second black powder rifle is a CVA Hawken .50 Cal which I really enjoy shooting.


  • Dudley McGarity -- CEO

    George: Triple 7 should load approximately the same BY VOLUME as would real black power. I would suggest that you start out with 100 grains as measured in a powder measure. There should be no need to open the fire channel any more, and doing so may cause blow back — so, just leave it as is. You should have perfect ignition using the 209 with the Triple 7. Be sure to check your serial number before firing the gun, as we did recall all in-line MLs made in 1995 and 1996. Be sure that yours has a serial number that is ends in 07 or higher prior to firing. If it ends in 05 or 06, you can return the gun to us for replacement. Good hunting, Dudley

  • Dan


    I bought a thumbhole stock CVA Optima recently for the fall muzzleloader season set to begin in a couple weeks. I went to the range today to sight it in and after a few rounds the hammer became nearly impossible to pull back and when you do get it pulled back the trigger is equally hard to pull. Do you know what would cause this or how to fix it? I would hate to miss out on a hunting season due this malfunction. Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thank you

  • W Howard

    I just wanted to tell you how much I love CVA! I bought my first inline last week, I’ve been shooting a Hawken for years. The only reason I bought the CVA was because I follow this blog and I love how accessible the CEO of CVA is to its customers.

    I love my new gun and will definitely be a CVA customer from now on. I’ll also be recommending you to everyone I know.


  • bobby

    i have a cva blazer ML that has the nipple blown out of it the serial number ends in 46 is it possible to have it replaced with a newer model?

  • Dudley McGarity -- CEO

    Bobby: For sure, the gun cannot be repaired once that happens. Contact CVA Customer Service at 770-449-4687 and they will arrange for the return of the Blazer and replacement with a newer model. Best regards, Dudley

  • bobby

    i did and thank you for the response . i have always loved my blazer and have taken lot’s of deer with it here in n.c. i continue to use it even after ML season is over . i am really looking forward to the new product and maybe squeezing in a few hunts with it after it arrives thank you! i will continue to be a dedicated CVA user!

  • Jack Honyoust

    Dudley, Purchased a CVA ACCURA on 9/04/2012. I have spent over $ 200.00 in bullets and powder, and still can’t get the gun to group consistently. What shoots good on Monday will not be good on Wednesday. I have used these powders Pyrodex, Triple 7, White hots, in powder weights from 80 grains to 120 grains. I have shot every bullet weight Power Belt has to offer along wit Hornaday SST 250 grain, and TC ShockWave in 250 grains. As the ambient temperature changes so goes the grouping. I have noticed that the cooler the days the better it will shoot, but it won’t last from one day to the next. I would like to add that I an using a Konus 3x9x40 scope. Could the scope be the problem. Also adding that my wife shoots the CVA Opyima and has no problem out to 100 yds. I recently purchased a CVA Wolf for my neice , who has just started to hunt. At 50 yds. you can cover her groups with a half dollar.Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Good hunting, Jack

  • Dudley McGarity -- CEO

    Jack: Based on what you are telling me, my first guess would be scope issues. The inconsistency from day to day just does not seem like a barrel problem. Best way to check is to take the scope off, tighten the mount screws, remount another scope that you know to be accurate, and then shoot for groups. If that does not solve the problem, then you can return the gun for replacement. If it is the scope, you can return it to Konus for replacement. Sorry you are having these issues. Best regards, Dudley

  • Lance

    I have an older CVA Wolf and an Accura V2. Both are awesome rifles. The V2 is exceptional, shooting a 2 inch 5 shot group at 100 yards. It is a standard stock and I would like to try a thumb hole. Is a camo thumb hole replacement stock available for the V2? I only see Optima on the website.


  • Bill

    I have a new 2012 Acura V2. I just mounted the scope. I pulled back the hammer back and it will not release. The break action will pull back, just doesn’t seem reght, I NEED HELP!!

  • Potential customer of CVA

    I was finally able to use the Accura V2 for real in the Wisconsin whitetail woods. It was the one that was replaced with your companies excellent customer service in June 2011. Where should I send picture of the successful whitetail hunt? He is a dandy whitetail buck and the Accura V2 proved to be spot on accurate, and deadly. I am now a CVA customer for life. Thank you.

  • Dudley McGarity -- CEO

    Bill: Check to be sure that the breech plug is screwed all the way in. If that does not work, call CVA Customer Service at 770-449-4687 and one of the guys will try to troubleshoot it for you. Thanks, Dudley

  • Dudley McGarity -- CEO

    Potential: Thanks for the update and for your kind comments. Great job on the buck. The photo is already up on Facebook. As always, I a trilled to see another CVA Customer who is happy with their gun! Best regards, Dudley

  • M Ayers

    I bought a Accura two years ago. Really like the design. Only one problem. It’s a beech to load.
    Started out with Hornady saboted bullets and WhiteHot powder. After the first shot I couldn’t get the second round down the barrel. Got out the rubber mallet. I had to clean the barrel after each shot.
    I shot a deer the first day of muzzleloader season. Tried to load a second round in case a followup shot was needed. I had to hammer the ramrod against a tree to seat the load. Glad no one was around to see that.
    I contacted CVA. I was told to use powerbelt bullets as that is what the gun is designed to use. I did and had the same results.
    Last year I broke a ramrod while shooting during a shooting session.
    This year I switched to Pyrodex powder thinking maybe the WhiteHot was leaving a harder crust in the barrel. No change.
    I bought my son a Wolf last year and it loads fine.
    I need help with this . PLEASE!

  • Dan

    Sir, purchased a Kodiak several years ago that i have never shot and was planning to this weekend but want to make sure it is safe to do so. It is a Kodiak Magnum manufactured in 2004 and says “made in spain”. I want to shoot it with a full 150 grains (3 pellets) using pyrodex and triple 7 and standard 250-300 grain sabotted bullets – is it safe to do so? The serial # is: 61-13-084057-04. Thank you for any info you can give.

  • Matthew Eddins

    I was given a Mountain Stalker by my grandfather about 10 years back. I have never been able to shoot up until now. There seems to be either a charge in it or just a ball. I have removed the nipple and no powder came out but there is no light. Since I have no idea how long it has been in there I want to have the barrel checked out. I have no way or knowledge on how to remove the breach plug. What do you recommend. Serial number 973872

  • Dudley McGarity -- CEO

    M. Ayers: No CVA gun should be that hard to load with a PowerBelt. I’d suggest that you send the gun back to us so that we can check it out. Just send it in as instructed in the manual. Call 770-449-4687 if you need help. Thanks, Dudley

  • Dudley McGarity -- CEO

    Matthew: The Kodiak was never part of the recall, so there is no reason it should not be safe. However, magnum loads are, in my opinion, a bit overrated unless you are shooting 125 yards or beyond. In many cases guns are not as accurate with the magnum charge — so, if you choose to use 150 grains, sighting in may require a bit more fine tuning. 100 grains is plenty for most hunting situations other than where extra long range shots are the norm, and more likely to give tighter groups. Best regards, Dudley

  • Dudley McGarity -- CEO

    Matthew: Now, to answer your question. The only way to remove a stuck charge from a sidelock is with a bullet puller. First, you need to make sure the charge has been well saturated (so the powder will not ignite). You can do this by putting oil or solvent down the barrel and through the fire channel (remove the nipple and pour through the bolster). Let this sit for a couple of hours. Then, using a bullet puller attachment for the range/cleaning ramrod (loading rods are usually not strong enough), you screw the puller into the ball and pull the ball out. Helps to have two people involved, one holding the gun and the other pulling the rod. See your manual for complete details. If this does not work you’ll need to return the gun to us for repair. Breech plugs on CVA sidelocks are not removable, and attempting to do so will void your warranty. Good luck, Dudley

  • David Clift

    Mr. Dudley McGarity, Have an Apollo bought for my son about 7-8 years ago used. It appears in good shape with a stainless type finish. We were using 2 pyrodex 50 pellets with powerbelts, #11 primers and all. The last 2 numbers of the serial# are 97 but after reading about the recall I’m scared to shoot it. I wish I could trade it in. Thank you for your time, Dave

  • Dudley McGarity -- CEO

    David: If the gun was a “recall gun,” we would be happy to replace it. However, since it is a 1997 model it is not part of the recall, we will not be able to do so, nor do we have a trade in program. Thanks, Dudley