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Gunpowder, also commonly known as black powder to distinguish it from modern smokeless powder, is the earliest known chemical explosive. It consists of a mixture of sulfur, carbon (in the form of charcoal) and potassium nitrate (saltpeter). The sulfur and carbon act as fuels while the saltpeter is an oxidizer. Gunpowder has been widely used as a propellant in firearms, artillery, rocketry, and pyrotechnics, including use as a blasting agent for explosives in quarrying, mining, and road building.
Gunpowder is classified as a low explosive because of its relatively slow decomposition rate and consequently low brisance. Low explosives deflagrate (i.e., burn at subsonic speeds), whereas high explosives detonate producing a supersonic shockwave. Ignition of gunpowder packed behind a projectile generates enough pressure to force the shot from the muzzle at high speed, but usually not enough force to rupture the gun barrel. It thus makes a good propellant, but is less suitable for shattering rock or fortifications with its low-yield explosive power. Nonetheless it was widely used to fill fused artillery shells (and used in mining and civil engineering projects) until the second half of the 19th century, when the first high explosives were put into use.
Gunpowder is one of the Four Great Inventions of China. Originally developed by the Taoists for medicinal purposes, it was first used for warfare around 904 AD. It spread across Eurasia by the end of the 13th century. Its use in weapons has declined due to smokeless powder replacing it, and it is no longer used for industrial purposes due to its relative inefficiency compared to newer alternatives such as dynamite and ammonium nitrate/fuel oil.
$20.00 per can. 5 cans for $80. Properly storeded in factory sealed steal cans. Placed inside air tight military ammunition cases.
This stuff was purchased and placed in storage by my father in 1995. Then added to in 2011 as per the dates hand written on the cans by my father. (He was a bit...
I'll apologize in advance if I blow up the group again, but...
Is a chronograph useful in black powder load development? The plant that I work in is at about a 50%
slowdown right now so I'm loath to spend the $165.00+ on a chronograph & stand but, I was wondering
if it would be...
Black powder gun show
March 9th and 10th
Evergreen State Fairgrounds
Monroe , Washington.
9-5 Saturday 9-3 Sunday
This is a big show folks...lots to see , plenty of folks to visit and there will be something to buy for sure.
I have found some great deals here...
I joined the group moments ago. My question is: Does anyone know of a Gunsmith with experience
in Black powder arms in the Portland/Valley/SW Washington area? I'm lucky that I have a gunsmith
just 2 miles away but he's never fired or handled any black powder arms by his...
Up for sale is a mixed parts working Black Powder Rifle. The stock appears to be a reproduction. The Barrel is from the late 1800's with very strong rifling, fitting snugly in the stock. Stamped on the barrel is J.H. Johnston Great Western Gun Works Pittsburgh, PA. The lock, hammer, butt plate...
44 cal screw on barrel. In great shape does not look as if it’s been fired much.
Asking $100.00 will include wads ,caps some lead and a can of powder.
Trades for anything.22 S-L-LR .25 pocket pistols or?
This shotgun is in great shape, does not look as if it’s been shot much. Don’t know much about it as I can’t find any markings on it. I’m sure it’s an import clone of some sort. (My father bought a lot of them back in the day) as this was his also.
I’m asking $150.00 for it. I will also throw...
New Date *** 13 APRIL ***
$2.00 Entry fee
Greene's Gun Shop ( The Hawken Shop )
4778 Monkey Hill Rd.
Oak Harbor Wa.
Traditional Muzzleloading rifle...Caplock or Flintlock...Roundball only
10 shots @25 yards , Offhand...
10 shots @50 yards , Offhand...
I'm looking for any and all guidance from the collective. This is for a buddy.
WA State. Perhaps seven years ago his Father-in-law passed. They inherited several black-powder firearms. I've never seen them so cannot provide a better description. I don't even know if they are pistols...
PRICE DROP, $275 no shipping at this price. FTF only !!!!!!!
Its a Vortek Traditions Northwest Magnum 50 caliber black powder rifle. This rifle is unfired and like near new. Been hanging out in a safe for a while but is a very very clean rifle. From the manufacture:
Specifically designed for...
I have a really nice little .31 vest pocket derringer.
Brass with sim ivory grips.
I havent fired it since I dont shoot .31.... got it on a trade deal along with another pistol that I actually wanted...
That said, looks like it should fire just fine. Bore is great, nipple is in good shape...
For sale is my Pietta made 1858 NEW MODEL ARMY revolver chambered in .36 caliber for BLACK POWDER LOADS. Gun remains in very good, pre-owned condition.
6 1/2” barrel is very good with very little wear; Bore is bright with excellent rifling, Frame is very good with light wear. Cylinder is...
Hi everyone. First time on this forum about the black powder firearms. My good friend has an old Charles Daley 10 gauge double barrel. It's got exposed hammers and Damascus barrels. It seems solid and locks up tight. He wants to shoot it but can't find anyone who carries the ammunition. Anyone...