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Old 06-29-2009, 09:35 AM   #21
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A note of caution from someone that works professionally with explosives (and not only has the licenses and certification, but after 40 years, still has all fingers)

On the TV show Lost In Space, when the aliens would be approaching, the robot would wave his arms, and shout DANGER WILL ROBINSON DANGER. Imagine the robot is shouting now, and insert your name as appropriate.

YES, primers CAN be rebuilt. No, flash powder will not work- it must be an impact detonating primary explosive that produces a jet of flame hot enuff to light the powder. Therein lies the problem.

As in mining explosives, the touchy part is not dynamite, but blasting caps. The active ingredient in primers is (in most cases) lead azide or lead styphnate. Both are very toxic, and VERY touchy. They are inserted WET, the anvil placed in the primer, and then allowed to dry. The process of inserting into the primer shell, and placing the primer are automated, so fingers are not in the area.

Let's say that you made a teaspoon full of primer compound (which, BTW, requires a Federal license- you are making explosives) You now have enuff "stuff" for a few hundred primers. However, you also have enuff very energetic, very touchy explosive to take your hand off. And you are going to be placing a dab (how much is the right amount?) in a recycled primer body, and trying to get the anvil back in place- without squeezing the "stuff" too much. All with your fingertips.

"Strike anywhere" matchheads have been used for this, along with toy caps- but as a last ditch military field expedient. And has anyone bought any "strike anywhere" matches lately? Have not seen them for at least 5 years.

BTW, one of the first primers was Fulminate of Mercury. Replaced because not good for brass cases- but do you know how TOUCHY that is?

Before I tried rebuilding primers, would drag out my flintlock!
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Before I tried rebuilding primers, would drag out my flintlock!
This is why I own BP rifles....if worse comes to worst, balck powder and percussion caps CAN be made at home, and BP rifles are as userful & deadly today as they were during the Civil War.
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A note of caution from someone that works professionally with explosives (and not only has the licenses and certification, but after 40 years, still has all fingers)

On the TV show Lost In Space, when the aliens would be approaching, the robot would wave his arms, and shout DANGER WILL ROBINSON DANGER. Imagine the robot is shouting now, and insert your name as appropriate.

YES, primers CAN be rebuilt. No, flash powder will not work- it must be an impact detonating primary explosive that produces a jet of flame hot enuff to light the powder. Therein lies the problem.

As in mining explosives, the touchy part is not dynamite, but blasting caps. The active ingredient in primers is (in most cases) lead azide or lead styphnate. Both are very toxic, and VERY touchy. They are inserted WET, the anvil placed in the primer, and then allowed to dry. The process of inserting into the primer shell, and placing the primer are automated, so fingers are not in the area.

Let's say that you made a teaspoon full of primer compound (which, BTW, requires a Federal license- you are making explosives) You now have enuff "stuff" for a few hundred primers. However, you also have enuff very energetic, very touchy explosive to take your hand off. And you are going to be placing a dab (how much is the right amount?) in a recycled primer body, and trying to get the anvil back in place- without squeezing the "stuff" too much. All with your fingertips.

"Strike anywhere" matchheads have been used for this, along with toy caps- but as a last ditch military field expedient. And has anyone bought any "strike anywhere" matches lately? Have not seen them for at least 5 years.

BTW, one of the first primers was Fulminate of Mercury. Replaced because not good for brass cases- but do you know how TOUCHY that is?

Before I tried rebuilding primers, would drag out my flintlock!
They sell strike anywhere matches at every Ace Hardware store that I have ever been to. $1.50/ box makes about 100 primers.
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