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Blank recoil

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by RJ357, Jul 8, 2004.

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  1. RJ357

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    Just wondering, how much recoil does a rifle caliber blank have (e.g. .30) ?
     
  2. P95Carry

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    Rather depends ..... on whether the rifle in question has a restrictor device on muzzle. If it has and is semi auto - meaning that the restrictor will give enough back pressure to cycle the action, then there will be some mild recoil .... but not much. Hardly true recoil in fact.

    Out of a bolt rifle .. effectively none .... no mass being accelerated out the end so - Newton dictates very little equal and opposite reaction!
     
  3. Ian

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    I fired a blank .308 out of a bolt gun I have (no blank-firing device thingy). It had absolutely no recoil, just a bang. It was an odd feeling, after being used to recoil from normal cartridges.
     
  4. RJ357

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    That's what I guessed. Here is why I asked.
    I have heard and read a few times that firing squads use blanks in some of the guns so that the executioners will not know who actually killed the condemned. Don't know if it's true, but it seems that they would know from the recoil who had the real rounds.
     
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    yeah, doesn't mean the person who made up the procedure knew jack about guns.
     
  6. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

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    Raz ... exactly .... over the years I have always found this ''one rifle has blanks'' ......... totally laughable!:D
     
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    I think they just tell them that to make them feel better...
     
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    Same here, Chris. About the only thing the blank rounds have going for them is "plausible deniability". Even the person(s) firing the live rounds can tell themselves they fired a blank. Those watching the execution will probably not know which of the squad members fired the live round. So they can't be singled out later on for harassment.
     
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    Depends on the weapon and the blanks. I do a lot of military reenacting. Civil War, WWI, and WWII.

    Depending on the weapon and the quality of the blanks you're using, some are very mild. Some (very few) are almost up to live ammo.

    Easier to up ammo on bolt guns and muskets.

    Wood tip blanks have more kick then crimped rounds in my experience, but you had better be sure you have a good BFA on the end or you'll be sending lots of nasty bits out.

    I know the .50 blanks in the Boyes AT rifle kicked pretty good.

    Jeff
     
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    Maybe they just tell them that to get them to pull the trigger. Of course, once pulled, the shooter would know 100% whether anything went downrange or not.
     
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