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Offline Dennis Glazener

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I found out that I made an error regarding US Law on making black powder at home. I have revised what I posted yesterday BUT I still do not want discussions on the making of black powder on ALR.
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Please do not start topics or discussions about making black powder. It is not against US law to make it at home but I am not sure about state and local laws. I understand many European countries have laws against make gun powder at home. We have numerous members in these countries and I do not want to assist, in any way, having someone break the law or injure themselves. Making it at home may be legal but the production of black powder has killed and thousands of people in history, making black powder is dangerous. What you do at home is your business but what appears here on ALR is my business. We are a public forum and I will not allow instructions for dangerous activities to be discussed here.

This is a serious concern for me and violations will be seriously dealt with up to losing your ALR membership.
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« Last Edit: October 08, 2021, 09:48:22 PM by Dennis Glazener »
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Re: *******In regards to topics or discussions on making Black Powder******
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2021, 12:12:59 PM »

I will respect you not wanting the making of black powder recipe within this group.
« Last Edit: October 08, 2021, 12:53:12 PM by Silent Walker »

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Re: *******In regards to topics or discussions on making Black Powder******
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2021, 09:17:57 PM »
Dennis it is legal to make BP at home in the US but I agree with your stance.

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Re: *******In regards to topics or discussions on making Black Powder******
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2021, 09:50:52 PM »
Dennis it is legal to make BP at home in the US but I agree with your stance.
Bob, I agree after looking up the US Laws, but I am not sure about state and local laws. I understand that many European countries have laws against it and we have a lot of international members here on ALR.

I still do not want this type of topic/discussion to take place on ALR. It's a dangerous activity, possibly illegal in some states/local areas and in many European countries.
Dennis
« Last Edit: October 08, 2021, 10:18:45 PM by Dennis Glazener »
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Re: *******In regards to topics or discussions on making Black Powder******
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2021, 10:28:46 PM »
Legal or illegal, it is dangerous as heck.

Do you know about proper mixing?  Corning?  Making the correct fineness for your particular shooting iron?

The stuff we get comes from "professionals", who ARE using correct methods of mixing, corning, milling.  Yet every few years, we hear of a black powder manufacturer having fires or explosions.

Fortunately these days, using "modern" methods, these do not usually lead to loss of life.  Please do not risk YOUR life, or your home, or your family, in an attempt to manufacture "home-made" black powder.  Go play frisbee on the interstate or something instead.

Won't be long before other BP makers take up the slack generated by Hodgen.  Be patient.
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Re: *******In regards to topics or discussions on making Black Powder******
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2021, 01:51:51 AM »
   Like many other potentially dangerous activities, making black powder is safe if you know what you are doing and do it the right way. Problem is that not many people actually have the training to work with dangerous materials. Watching some videos and reading a few articles is not going to cut it. I have yet to see one that makes any mention of static electricity. Dennis is right. This forum is not suitable to teach someone the right way to do it.
   The good news is that it is possible to safely and legally make black powder and the training is available. If you want to do it, get the training and use the proper equipment. You do NOT need an explosive license to make your own black powder. But you DO need the same training that is required to get that license. Without training it is only a matter of time before you blow yourself up. Contact the ATF and they should be able to point you in the right direction to find training. Expect to pay some money for it. The proper equipment is going to cost some money too. Going cheap is not worth it.
   Avoid the afternoon lesson from the guy at the shooting range that makes his own powder. Just because he has not killed himself yet does not make him qualified to teach you anything. Get real training. You certainly can make your own powder. You can even make it in large quantities and sell it with the proper license. It is not some magical thing that only gunpowder companies can do. I would imagine a number of people here are probably going to start making their own powder. Get the training and do it right.

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Re: *******In regards to topics or discussions on making Black Powder******
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2021, 12:39:16 AM »
I think there has been too much panic in our ranks,come on we are not chemists. Dennis is right and we will have powder in the future.

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Re: *******In regards to topics or discussions on making Black Powder******
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2021, 02:13:40 PM »
Green River Powder comes to mind----TWO DEAD if I remember right.
A book called The Complete Guide to Handloading speaks to the occasional
explosion in the powder mill.When I was in High School one genius brewed up
some kind of powder that went off with a violent flash and he was badly burned.
BUY your powder or trade for it with others who use it.
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Re: *******In regards to topics or discussions on making Black Powder******
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2021, 04:16:31 AM »
Does this extend to discussions of how the big boys make powder? I recall how we talked about Goex's process when news of the plant closure and sale came out. I don't think anything from that discussion could really translate to someone trying to make it at home but where do you stand on it?

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Re: *******In regards to topics or discussions on making Black Powder******
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2021, 06:41:32 AM »
Green River Powder comes to mind----TWO DEAD if I remember right.
A book called The Complete Guide to Handloading speaks to the occasional
explosion in the powder mill.When I was in High School one genius brewed up
some kind of powder that went off with a violent flash and he was badly burned.
BUY your powder or trade for it with others who use it.
Bob Roller

Bob,
The Green River Powder Company was something.  Saw a picture of it way back.  Two guys running the wheel mill.  They were showing the then president of GOEX how it was done.  Then when they got out the steel shovels and scoops to clean the batch out of the pan the president of GOEX was seen driving out the access road at a high rate of speed.  With du Pont and then GOEX only wooden tools were allowed in the wheel mill building.  I have nice photos of the wooden du Pont wheel mill tolls at their refurbished wheel mill at the Hagley Museum.

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Re: *******In regards to topics or discussions on making Black Powder******
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2021, 01:37:18 AM »
The Pyrodex mill blew up, and killed the inventor.

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Re: *******In regards to topics or discussions on making Black Powder******
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2022, 05:38:53 AM »
The Pyrodex mill blew up, and killed the inventor.

...and three others working there. He was only 32 years old.  I never was aware of this. I was in grade school at the time.
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