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Ok, a buddy of mine gave me a box of 10 tracer rounds. I'd like to shoot a few but I want to do it safely as I know they can be dangerous.
First of all what's the standard procedure as far as shooting them besides being outside..? I usually shoot out by the river in the country, is there any precautions I need to take?

Also is it ok to shoot them in my pistol? It's a Kimber Ultra CDP, sorry if these are n00b questions but I'd rather be safe then sorry.
 

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If fire conditions are high, no tracers. Not sure on pistol rounds since I've no used them.
 

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sdiver35 said:
If fire conditions are high, no tracers. Not sure on pistol rounds since I've no used them.
So maybe shoot at the opposite bank? The river is always low, there's usually several ft of bank above the water and usually fairly steep
 

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May want to wait for a good rain too. Seriously they do pose a fire hazard even outdoors.
 

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sdiver35 said:
May want to wait for a good rain too. Seriously they do pose a fire hazard even outdoors.
Cool, it's been raining seemingly everyday for a month now, we are actually above average for this time of year..

So basically the danger is inherent in almost any condition?
 

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DFW Gun Range in Dallas, TX just burned to the ground because a dumb dumb was shooting tracer rounds INSIDE!!!! The moron admitted what he had done so I imagine a nice civil suit against him.
BE CAREFUL wherever you decide to shoot them please.

Tim
 

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anm2_man said:
Yep if its raining or has rained "Recently", (Quotes means yesterday), you should be good to go.

But still be careful !
Cool, Ty for the advice :)

Tenderribbs said:
If I remember correctly it takes about a 100 yds for the phosphorus to start burning so you need a couple hundred yard shot to really see them burn. Peace
Oh, wow so they may not even be worth shooting huh?

tqu9047 said:
DFW Gun Range in Dallas, TX just burned to the ground because a dumb dumb was shooting tracer rounds INSIDE!!!! The moron admitted what he had done so I imagine a nice civil suit against him.
BE CAREFUL wherever you decide to shoot them please.

Tim
Exactly why I started this thread, I read about this on here I think? Plus I'd herd warnings in the past so I figured I'd ask some people with more knowledge and exp then me on this subject!
Thanks for the quick replys!
 

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Explanation- Tracer rounds have a partial hollow in the base of the bullet. This is filled with a pyrotechnic mix that ignites when the round fires- it is lit in the chamber. It is fully burning within a few feet of the muzzle- unless you have an unusual round called "dark ignition"- slow starting, fully lights up 75-100 meters downrange. Please note those are RIFLE rounds.

Basically, there is a tail of very hot flame a foot or so long behind a pistol bullet (more behind a rifle) Chemicals aded to the mix color the flame for visibility. US usually red, commies were green.

That flame will burn for hundreds of meters of travel (7.62 NATO about 900m, 5.56 about 600m) Hit something before then, it can light it up.

I have set more military ranges alight than I can count. Smokey D. Bear does not beat soldiers with the shovel. You, on the other hand.......
 

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c3shooter said:
Explanation- Tracer rounds have a partial hollow in the base of the bullet. This is filled with a pyrotechnic mix that ignites when the round fires- it is lit in the chamber. It is fully burning within a few feet of the muzzle- unless you have an unusual round called "dark ignition"- slow starting, fully lights up 75-100 meters downrange. Please note those are RIFLE rounds.

Basically, there is a tail of very hot flame a foot or so long behind a pistol bullet (more behind a rifle) Chemicals aded to the mix color the flame for visibility. US usually red, commies were green.

That flame will burn for hundreds of meters of travel (7.62 NATO about 900m, 5.56 about 600m) Hit something before then, it can light it up.

I have set more military ranges alight than I can count. Smokey D. Bear does not beat soldiers with the shovel. You, on the other hand.......
Sooooo.... Basically I just throw them in my ammo crate and forget I have them because they are just too dangerous for an uncontrolled environment?
 

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Explanation- Tracer rounds have a partial hollow in the base of the bullet. This is filled with a pyrotechnic mix that ignites when the round fires- it is lit in the chamber. It is fully burning within a few feet of the muzzle- unless you have an unusual round called "dark ignition"- slow starting, fully lights up 75-100 meters downrange. Please note those are RIFLE rounds.

Basically, there is a tail of very hot flame a foot or so long behind a pistol bullet (more behind a rifle) Chemicals aded to the mix color the flame for visibility. US usually red, commies were green.

That flame will burn for hundreds of meters of travel (7.62 NATO about 900m, 5.56 about 600m) Hit something before then, it can light it up.

I have set more military ranges alight than I can count. Smokey D. Bear does not beat soldiers with the shovel. You, on the other hand.......
You sir are an encyclopedia of good knowledge! Thanks for the in depth explanation, I have been on the "putting the fire out team" on ranges. I've also spent many of REALLY cold mornings where we planned to have a night fire prior to day qualification only to have the plan cancelled once we were there. Ft. Carson, CO is mighty cold at 4am waiting for daylight in the winter months!
 

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So maybe shoot at the opposite bank? The river is always low, there's usually several ft of bank above the water and usually fairly steep
No fun in that--tracer rds are made for "tracking" shots at long range to help zero in on target. All i've shot are 5.56 & 50cal- Never used one in a handgun-
 

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HOSSFLY said:
No fun in that--tracer rds are made for "tracking" shots at long range -
One of the places we shoot from is roughly 120 yards from a bend in the river, the bank there is about 20 feet tall. May just shot 1 or 2 just to have a look see :) I only have a box of 10, I'm curious as hell now :)
 

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One of the places we shoot from is roughly 120 yards from a bend in the river, the bank there is about 20 feet tall. May just shot 1 or 2 just to have a look see :) I only have a box of 10, I'm curious as hell now :)
If you can see that far & safely shoot them where they will hit a "safe" spot i'd go for it :)
They are a hoot to shoot :cool:
 

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HOSSFLY said:
If you can see that far & safely shoot them where they will hit a "safe" spot i'd go for it :)
They are a hoot to shoot :cool:
No one spoke on using my aluminum frame pistol to shoot them, wont be an issue will it?
 
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