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Armory, Self Defense, And EDC => Black Powder and Primitive Weapons => Topic started by: archer on July 28, 2014, 02:01:52 PM

Title: How to Make Black Powder
Post by: archer on July 28, 2014, 02:01:52 PM
Black powder is a simple mixture of powdered potassium nitrate or saltpeter, charcoal and sulfur. But simply mixing the ingredients together is not going to give you the results you are looking for. Follow these instructions on making black powder--just be careful as you are working with explosives. Whether your motivation is to save a little bit of money or the satisfaction of being able to make your own, you can certainly make your own black powder at home.
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http://m.wikihow.com/Make-Black-Powder
Title: Re: How to Make Black Powder
Post by: endurance on July 28, 2014, 02:14:52 PM
Cool!  I have a bunch of potassium nitrate pellets left over from a stump removal project that I abandoned a while back.
Title: Re: How to Make Black Powder
Post by: Chemsoldier on July 28, 2014, 08:17:18 PM
Step one, make sure insurance (take your pick) is paid up.
Step two gather ingredients....
Title: Re: How to Make Black Powder
Post by: Bubafat on July 29, 2014, 07:30:00 AM
Step 3: remember the rule of 50...every 50 mg = 1 finger than can be blown off.

Just because you CAN legally do it doesn't mean it's a good idea.

http://www.skylighter.com/fireworks/how-to-make/high-powered-black-powder.asp
Title: Re: How to Make Black Powder
Post by: gopack84 on July 29, 2014, 07:52:46 AM
Step 4: Find some bamboo, diamonds, your best Starfleet Captain's uniform, and shoot a Gorn.
(http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060216121825/memoryalpha/en/images/c/c2/Gorn_Kirk_cannon.jpg)

Oh, come on... Somebody has to know what I'm talking about right!? This is still the internet after all.. ;D
Title: Re: How to Make Black Powder
Post by: Mortblanc on August 09, 2014, 10:46:45 AM
To this day one of the reasons black powder is difficult to find in many areas is the frequency and ease of the production facilities to blow themselves up!

I flirted with keeping the "makings" for my own black powder a while back, then realized, if I can store the makings why not just store more powder and eliminate the danger of production?

And if I can store more BP why not just store more smokeless, which is safer and gives better performance and more loads per pound?

Since I keep a good supply of "regular ammo" my BP use is entirely recreational, so a huge supply, at least not more than the legal limit, is not necessary.
Title: Re: How to Make Black Powder
Post by: Lostjagged on September 15, 2014, 03:15:08 PM
I think that this falls under the "just one time " clause  ;D