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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.
Connecticut Valley Arms CVA Black Powder kit rifle with powder, bullets and supplies. This was part of my late brothers collection. Do not know if it has ever been fired or not. Barrel needs bluing redone.
Comes with some powder, bullets, and other supplies. $250 takes it all. Face to Face sales...
Black Powder Pistols Uberti 1858 New Army Revolver .44 & Kit 1858 New Army Revolver needs finish work, Plus Supplies, Powders, 500+ lead ball bulletts, powder, ect.
Both pistols come in original boxes, supplies come in Plato plastic box. These have not been fired to my knowledge. These were...
This Colt powder flask came with some reloading supplies I purchased recently. I know very little about it but it says made in Italy and doesn’t have the Colt markings that an original would have.
It does have some wear and I don’t know enough to say if it is in working condition but it appears...
So I’m in a bit of a conundrum. So I bought an IJ top break revolver from a pawn shop last summer. Tag said it was a .32. I bought reloading components for .32 S&W BP rounds. Finally picked the gun up brought it home only to discover it was a .38 S&W. Great. I bought a parts kit for a...
I have a leather "possibles bag" 2 powder flasks, 2 tins of percussion caps. 1-#10 and 1-#11 leather bag that holds the balls in a container and assorted other items in the photos attached. Selling for my sister in law and have no idea what some of these are OR how much they are worth. If you...
I have a great condition Traditions Kentucky percussion cap black powder pistol in .50 cal. It is complete with upgraded and original nipples, ram rod, manual, (6) "speed" loaders, (260) Speer .490" 177gr lead balls, (260) Bore Butter prelubed .015" patches. All you need is FFFg powder and...
Looking to pick up a Remington 1858 new model Army repro blackpowder revolver.
Prefer steel frame but interested in brass aswell,
Also looking for blackpowder supplies, caps, powder, powder measure etc.
Let me know what you have and what you want for it.
Interested in Colt...
Colt 1862 Pocket Police Second Generation
manufactured appx 1980-81
36 caliber Black Powder
As New in Box with paper work ... Never Fired
Meet from Newberg/ Tigard/ Tualatin area
Cash/ Trade or Cash & Trade
$750 .... $700
Firm Price.... Thanks
Trade Interests: Marlin Lever JM stamped...