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  1. If the firearm still fails to fire, use a CO2 discharger to remove the projectile and powder charge. If the CO2 discharger fails, consult your owner's manual for proper procedures to unload your firearm safely.
  2. After firing, prepare for the next round. Remember, do not lean over, stand in front of, or blow down the muzzle.
    • On a Flintlock Firearm: Put the safety on if you have one, leave the frizzen open, and return to the loading station to clean the bore with a patch moistened with black powder solvent bore cleaner or water.
    • On a Percussion Lock Firearm: Put the safety on if you have one, and return to the loading station to clean the bore with a patch moistened with black powder solvent bore cleaner or water.
    • On an In-Line Firearm: Place the hammer in the half-cocked position, put the safety on if you have one, and return to the loading station to clean the bore with a patch moistened with black powder solvent bore cleaner or water.
  3. Swab with a dry patch to dry the bore.
  4. Skip this step with a flintlock firearm. On a percussion lock or in-line firearm, return to the firing station, repeat the firing process as explained in steps 3 and 4, and then return to the loading station.
  5. Load the next round.