The Do-it-Yourself Gunpowder Cookbook Paperback – July 1, 1992
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As a kid, the few experiments made toward black powder were failures. But the subject remained interesting. When a friend wanted help cleaning his guns, I volunteered. Among them was an c. 1868 Snyder Enfield, a black powder rifle, the first cartridge rifle of the British Empire. Then this book appeared.
Not only do I now know why my early experiments failed but how lucky I was.
Black powder is a safe substance when handled properly but mistakes are easily made and dangerous. The author details the most common from static electricity to mechanical pressure. He also describes the wet mix techniques that are in modern use since c. 1780.
A short monograph easily read in a sitting. And as easily re-read for understanding.
That said - "how do you get the materials needed to construct gunpowder once the grid has gone down". The author provides a history of the process and details various ways to obtain the necessary items directly from nature. Of course, none of these methods are easy, but they are all doable.
This was a great little book and should be a welcome addition to any survival library.
The book starts out with a couple of short histories of the development of black powder and then goes into the chemistry and compounding precedures for the traditional form of black powder. It also details some alternative formulas when the most common components are not available. Concludes by outlining some heroic/ desperate methods of obtaining the needed materials in survival situations.
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On a more serious note, this would make a reasonable addition to any surival kit (having a bit of blasting powder would, at the very least, make life on a desert island more interesting after all).
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