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E.

Powder shall be stored at least twenty-five (25) feet away from any fire pit.

F.

No powder will be allowed in powder horns at any time.

G.

No loading of firearms using a powder horn will be allowed — no exception

Safety while making blanks

The first thing you must consider is the fact that you will have to buy, store and handle a quantity of black gunpowder. Black powder is an explosive and inherently dangerous. Further you should consider these facts very carefully if you have children. If the powder is stored and handled safely, you can minimize the hazards. You should also check with your local police and/or fire authorities concerning local ordinances regarding black powder. This is not an effort to deter you from making your own blanks. It is however, an effort to acquaint you with the problems. This is especially true if you have never handled black powder before.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD SMOKELESS POWDER BE USED FOR MAKING BLANKS.

The use of Pyrodex and black powder substitutes is not allowed.

Develop safe handling habits. Several that come to mind are:

a.

NEVER smoke near or around exposed black powder!

b.

NEVER use a charge greater than 60-65 grains of FF black powder when making musket blanks or 25 grains for pistol blanks.

c.

Do not store percussion caps and black powder in the same place.

d.

Lock up your powder and caps in separate locations. A dry, cool place is preferred.

e.

Avoid sparks of any kind, heat, friction and static electricity. Do not use a vacuum cleaner for clean-up. A damp rag is best.

f.

Handle percussion caps very carefully as they are explosive and may be set-off by any number of circumstances.

When rolling blanks do not use staples, tape, etc. to hold the tubes together. When the blank is fired this material can become dangerous. If properly made, like originals, you do not need them.

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