A firearm design in which the ammunition and its propellant are loaded into the firearm from the front end. Sometimes called a black powder gun, after the type of propellant most commonly used. Some muzzle loaders are antiques, but there are many modern hunting firearms which are loaded in this manner.
Any gun which is loaded from the muzzle end, usually by means of a separate powder charge, with the bullet seated afterwards. Muzzle loaders can be, Matchlocks, Wheel Locks, Flintlocks, or Percussion fired. See Breech loader, above.