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Tony Knight, Founder of Knight Rifles, Passes Away

The founder of Knight Rifles and the "father of in-line muzzleloading" has passed away at the age of 67.


William Anthony "Tony" Knight, 67, of Plano, Iowa passed away Monday, March 18, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

In 1985, Knight invented and went on to patent and manufacture his modernized version of the muzzleloader—which became known worldwide as the Knight Rifle. His innovation would later earn him the title of "the father of in-line muzzleloading."

Knight was born in Kirksville, Mo., on Dec. 21, 1945. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Vietnam War. He's survived by his wife; Rose Knight, two children: Bill Knight, Michelle Robinson; four grandchildren and a number of extended family members.

Services will be held for Knight on March 23.

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2 Responses to Tony Knight, Founder of Knight Rifles, Passes Away

Smokepoler wrote:
June 28, 2013

A true innovator, his invention is a worldwide phenomenon. RIP

Trevor Hulse wrote:
April 12, 2013

Rest in peace my friend