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Old 03-23-2006, 08:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone ever shoot an 'exploding target'

Well my buddy showed up tonight with a box of 30 of these 'exploding targets' that his father found in the basement from years ago.

He tells me he took one apart and lit some of the powered on fire on the tip of a knive and it just sparked and flared up.

Okay cool lets shoot one. I grab the pellet gun and we place a target (2"x2" square) in this tree. It has about a 1" round red circle. I back up about 30' and tkae a shot. I hit the very edge of the red circle--- nothing. I reload and shoot it again, missed the inner circle. (sights are way off)

So now I am like F' this, walk up to it and more or less shoot it point blank. FUCKER BLEW UP. Flash BOOOOOOM echoing booooommmmmm.

Everyone in the house runs out to see wtf happened, and the two of us are just staring at the hole in the tree going cooool.

My ear is still ringing, but it was well worth it.

We decided not to set any more off at the house. but this weekend we will be testing their destructive power.

Sounded like a cross between an M80 and a 1/4 stick. and did a good amount of damage.

Anyone (doc) know where I can get more of these, I dont forsee 28 of them lasting us very long.
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I've seen video of folks lighting them up with miniguns. Glad you didn't blow yourself up though.
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Try shooting an empty gas can.
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Glad you didn't blow yourself up though.
I still have 28 more tries

It was definatly more of an bang than I was expecting based on what I was told about them
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Try shooting an empty gas can.
With a pellet gun? or shoot the target on the gas can (they have adhesive backs)
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With a pellet gun? or shoot the target on the gas can (they have adhesive backs)
Just shooting the can would create a moment of good entertainment, even more if you attach the target to it.

Did these look like they were bought somewhere? Something like that wouldn't be too tough to make.
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Just shooting the can would create a moment of good entertainment, even more if you attach the target to it.

Did these look like they were bought somewhere? Something like that wouldn't be too tough to make.

they were bought. JG dupkus or something like that our of CT. Even have a pattend # on the box.

Says its a class C explosive - not sure what that means
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those targets are Tannerite or a variant of I bet.
http://www.tannerite.com/
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or http://www.true-shottargets.com/product.htm
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they are JG Dapkus Exploding Bullz-I targets

I cant find them anymore, all the links seem to be dead
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Put 10 parts ammonium nitrate and about 1 part aluminum powder into a large container (beer can, laundry detergant bottle, 5 gallion bucket, whatever), and bam, exploding target Won't work with a .22 though.

You probly don't want to stand too close to the 5 gallon bucket
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they're not tannerite if they went of from a pellet gun.

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Yeh I was shooting them with a .177 pellet gun

here is a quote from a random google search

"[quote]Originally posted by Whit
[br]Exploding targets are a blast! They come ten or so in a yellow box and cost me about $30.
The targets are about the size of a deck of cards cut in half. The first time we found them
was fifteen years ago or so--we were having a hard time hitting the target. We were using high
powered air pistols. We had stuck the target on a fence and kept joking, "Sure would be funny
if it blew up the fence." Wel we got about 10' away and finally hit the damn thing. The target
blew the fence to bits. After we figured out we were both still alive and had a good laugh we
started to get good with the targets. Shaving cream cans, soda bottles, mailboxes, little trees,
heck they suckers did a good job taking the bark off big trees. The suckers are so loud, any women
in the area will immediately want the fun to stop.

Here is a blurb I found about the targets:
Bullz-I Exploding Targets measures 2-inches square and is 5/8ths of an inch thick. It's bright red bull's -eye, 1-inch in diameter, is surrounded by 3 black rings on a white background. An adhesive strip on the back enables you to affix the target on any clean, dry surface. Housed behind the red bull's-eye are the unique ingredients that give the Bullz-I Targets it's mighty explosive power. Detonation is equal to a 12 or 10 Ga. blank."
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wow.... those sound way more fun then tannerite... it just makes a big boom and lots of smoke.... those actually have explosive power.
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those targets are Tannerite or a variant of I bet.
http://www.tannerite.com/
The targets he has are a type of binary but they're not tannerite. I used to get them at the gun shows in Fort Worth for $10.00 for a box of 10. They are about 2" square and about 1/2" thick with a sticky back. They are a lot of fun. Usually when we hit them with a pellet gun, they just fizzle. But when you hit them with any centerfire, it's a pretty impressive blast. But no comparison to tannerite. If you lined up the whole box of ten, it still wouldn't equal a tannerite charge. I've lifted a washing machine about 10' into the air with 1 tannerite charge and I have it on good authority that two will flip a car if properly placed. If you light tannerite, it just melts. no sparks, fizzles, nothing. Also, it will not detonate with anything but a centerfire rifle round. You can shoot it all day with any handgun round and you'll just make holes in the bottle.
The clay pit where we used to play with it was closed down and we haven't found another spot where we can use it. I've got a whole case of it in the ammo safe that I'm itchin to play with.
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wow.... those sound way more fun then tannerite... it just makes a big boom and lots of smoke.... those actually have explosive power.

Ill have to take a picture of the tree I had it on. There was a little chip in the bark, just big enough to rest the target on, after I shot it, there is a 8x10 chunck of bark missing, and it is into the side of the tree.
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I think I saw them in the (sportsman's guide) catalog.


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maybe this shit ive had experience with wasnt tannerite either... it just made a bang and smoked.... was in a platic bottle? weird.
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I think I saw them in the (sportsman's guide) catalog.


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Sweet, ill have to check that out. I am heading up to Erics tomorrow, Im gonna stop in at Cabellas and see if they have them
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Well my buddy showed up tonight with a box of 30 of these 'exploding targets' that his father found in the basement from years ago.

He tells me he took one apart and lit some of the powered on fire on the tip of a knive and it just sparked and flared up.

Okay cool lets shoot one. I grab the pellet gun and we place a target (2"x2" square) in this tree. It has about a 1" round red circle. I back up about 30' and tkae a shot. I hit the very edge of the red circle--- nothing. I reload and shoot it again, missed the inner circle. (sights are way off)

So now I am like F' this, walk up to it and more or less shoot it point blank. FUCKER BLEW UP. Flash BOOOOOOM echoing booooommmmmm.

Everyone in the house runs out to see wtf happened, and the two of us are just staring at the hole in the tree going cooool.

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We decided not to set any more off at the house. but this weekend we will be testing their destructive power.

Sounded like a cross between an M80 and a 1/4 stick. and did a good amount of damage.

Anyone (doc) know where I can get more of these, I dont forsee 28 of them lasting us very long.
The pellet gun sounds like fun but............well dangerous?
If your a good shot with a rest, setting them out at 200 yrds is cool. There is a time lapse between the report and explosion, and the chance of injury is nill.
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ever shoot an empty one of these?

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The targets he has are a type of binary but they're not tannerite. I used to get them at the gun shows in Fort Worth for $10.00 for a box of 10. They are about 2" square and about 1/2" thick with a sticky back. They are a lot of fun. Usually when we hit them with a pellet gun, they just fizzle. But when you hit them with any centerfire, it's a pretty impressive blast. But no comparison to tannerite. If you lined up the whole box of ten, it still wouldn't equal a tannerite charge. I've lifted a washing machine about 10' into the air with 1 tannerite charge and I have it on good authority that two will flip a car if properly placed. If you light tannerite, it just melts. no sparks, fizzles, nothing. Also, it will not detonate with anything but a centerfire rifle round. You can shoot it all day with any handgun round and you'll just make holes in the bottle.
The clay pit where we used to play with it was closed down and we haven't found another spot where we can use it. I've got a whole case of it in the ammo safe that I'm itchin to play with.

My dad used to have some of the ones like Dozer's. I don't remember what brand they were. The tannerite sounds fun. How big of an area do you need? I'm buying some property... that might be isolated enough... if they're legal to use.
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One time I set a round bail on fire and set a row of starting fluid cans across a log about 5 feet before it. A .223 round going through the can takes enough fluid with it to the fire to act like a fuse. Makes a nice 5' fire ball!
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ever shoot an empty one of these?

try a full one with a burning rag a foot above it

ChiefSlapaHo posted vids of the shiut we have done i will search for some
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