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Source for calcium carbide for sight smoking.

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by GooseGestapo, Jul 13, 2017.

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  1. GooseGestapo

    GooseGestapo Member

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    I've run out of carbide. Anyone able to recommend a source?
     
  2. MrBorland

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    Bangsite (used in Bangsite cannons) is calcium carbide, so maybe check a local hobby store. Or check Amazon or eBay for carbide or Bangsite.
     
  3. 243winxb

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    http://ray-vin.com/tools/smoker.htm 10 oz $17.50 free shipping.

    Bullseye Calcium Carbide - 10oz Size!
    $19.95 Free Shipping!
     
  4. GooseGestapo

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    Thanks. Found the ray-vin site. Ordered some.
     
  5. 9mmepiphany

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    I didn't realize folks were still using carbide to black out sights...I've still got my miner's lamp in the garage somewhere
     
  6. 243winxb

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    I used the spray can back in the 70/80's. When others next to me on the line seen it being used. I got " Can i borrow some?" Sure , i sell them for $x.xx Here it is.:D

    If the carbon builds up more on one side of the front sight, it can move zero out of the X ring at 50 yards. And maybe a little low.

    Today, most use an Aimpoint type dot.

    https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2015/11/10/aiming-the-red-dot-sight/
     
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  7. Bwana John

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    I saw somebody use a disposable carbide lighter that was made for smokino sights.

    Looked much easier than my old rchargable unit.
     
  8. lonegunman

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    I got a one pound can at the local army surplus store, it should last about 30 years. I use an old pellet tin to store some in my shooting box, a wrap of electrical tape keep sit sealed and moisture free. If you clean your sights occasionally, the build up does not effect your shooting.
     
  9. U.S.SFC_RET

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    Just use masking tape it burns and smokes as blacker than night. Just imagine if this secret got out….
     
  10. M1Jeff

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    I was told an MRE spoon works well also.
     
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