what if we run out of gun powder?


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myaccount
November 13, 2010, 10:13 PM
Ok hi guys this is my first of many post on this great forum! My question is what if the world runs out of gun powder? Can the ingredients in it be reproduced or when we are out we are out. Leave your ideas in the comment section thanks!

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mickeygrimreaperblueeyes
November 13, 2010, 10:19 PM
I would say that we aren't out of gunpowder till we are out of human ingenuity. You can make anything you set your mind to. But, it's all the quality control onto your end.

CHEVELLE427
November 13, 2010, 10:19 PM
WONT BE IN OUR LIFE TIME

might get were we cant afford to buy it

walker944
November 13, 2010, 10:23 PM
Welcome to the forum.

From a quick search of the Google machine: "Gunpowder is formed from the chemical mixture of saltpeter (potassium nitrate) at 75%, sulphur 10 % and charcoal 15%."

So, it looks like the answer is....just make more! :)

M-Cameron
November 13, 2010, 10:23 PM
it is entirely possible to reload with ground match heads.

Topcat
November 13, 2010, 10:24 PM
The ingredients are pretty common for gunpowder we would run out of other stuff alot sooner. By the time gunpowder is gone we will have rayguns or something

Jorg Nysgerrig
November 13, 2010, 10:26 PM
"Gunpowder is formed from the chemical mixture of saltpeter (potassium nitrate) at 75%, sulphur 10 % and charcoal 15%."

I think you'll find that is black powder. Smokeless powder is different.

I'm not sure what the OP means by run out. There aren't really gunpowder mines where they just scoop it out of the ground. As far as the ingredients for smokeless powder, I don't think we are in danger of running out of those anytime soon.

Ret.CWO
November 13, 2010, 10:33 PM
That is true JORG you beat me to it.

dom1104
November 13, 2010, 10:40 PM
This is by far the oddest post I have read on any forum so far this week.

General Geoff
November 13, 2010, 10:42 PM
black powder can be made by anyone who knows enough about chemistry to understand handloading.

smokeless powder is a different animal, but as long as there's demand, there will be outfits that make it.

bluetopper
November 13, 2010, 10:43 PM
We are far more likely to run out of food than out of gunpowder.

It won't happen.

I have several pounds of powder and many thousands of primers and bullets.......I'm not worried.

InkEd
November 13, 2010, 10:45 PM
We'll cremate Keith Richards and use him. Surely, with all the stuff he's put in hs body over the years his ashes will be highly flammable..... or at least smokeable.

twofifty
November 13, 2010, 11:01 PM
So long as Appalachian caves have bat colonies, there will be gunpowder of one sort or another.

hso
November 13, 2010, 11:01 PM
Since simple chemistry is used to make smokeless powder the question seems somewhat confusing and unrealistic.

Justin
November 13, 2010, 11:12 PM
Oh noes!

We've reached peak gun powder!

:rolleyes:

millertyme
November 13, 2010, 11:18 PM
bat guano!

Anyone ever read Comac McCarthy's Blood Meridian?

bushmaster1313
November 13, 2010, 11:21 PM
No problem

Gunpowder works based on the expansion of hot gas following rapid combustion of the powder.

There is enough hot air coming from both sides of the aisle in Washington, D.C. to power however many guns we could ever have.

R. Deckard
November 13, 2010, 11:24 PM
Dont you remember the episode of "Star Trek" where Kirk dumps the coal and sulfer and other ingrediants in the hollow log to make a cannon and kills the alien? :neener:

Deckard

bushmaster1313
November 13, 2010, 11:47 PM
Dont you remember the episode of "Star Trek" where Kirk dumps the coal and sulfer and other ingrediants in the hollow log to make a cannon and kills the alien?



I think he only stuns the alien and his mercy in not killing it saves the Enterprise

mustang_steve
November 13, 2010, 11:55 PM
Welcome to the high road.

My take is, everything can be produced, however the quality of production is only as good as your gear.

I suspect you amy be talking about some future where we cannot sustain our supplies, in which case revolvers would be king for one reason: we'd have to make our own black powder once again. Semi-autos may have cyclic problems with such powders, and it would definately foul the bejeebus out of them.

Black powder is not the safest thing to make, but it's the easiest thing to make, and can be made from ingredients around the house. It is a smelly process however, and the process of making the saltpeter would be outright hazardous if you do not have an indirect heat oven of some kind.

Thing is, man has thought of these things in the past, so look back to the pioneer days, then move forward to the smokeless powder era and it will all start to make sense.

ulfrik
November 14, 2010, 02:42 AM
run out of gun powder you ask?

we will have hand held rail guns(electric rifles) that can shoot a .223 tungsten bullet over 5,000 fps. before gun powder ever gets scarce.so dont worry.

9mmforMe
November 14, 2010, 06:21 AM
I think its a great question, personally. He obviously wants to learn...so question asked and answered. Plus any query that allows us to reference the old episodes of Startrek is pretty darn awesome! :D

Remember the one where the fried-egg monsters that lived on the ceilings flew down and messed with Spock? Give me tribbles or give me death say I...uh, ok...sorry. :what:

oldfool
November 14, 2010, 07:21 AM
just take up archery
and shoot those flying pigs with arrows :scrutiny:

(but "when pigs fly", should you use 357 mag arrows, or 44 mag arrows ??)

Ky Larry
November 14, 2010, 08:33 AM
If it ever comes to the point where no gunpowder is available, I'm sure someone will come up with an alternitive. Human beings survived thru the ages by using their brain. Human ingenuity is limitless.Human wisdom is somewhat less.

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