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This is a discussion on Why would anyone buy blanks ? within the Ammo Dump forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; I use blanks for a starting gun at my running club races. 22LR, not loud enough. .38 Special from my SP-101, devastatingly loud. 12 GA ...


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Old February 17th, 2017, 02:27 PM   #16
 
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I use blanks for a starting gun at my running club races. 22LR, not loud enough. .38 Special from my SP-101, devastatingly loud. 12 GA shotgun dog training blanks from my H&R single shot, just right.



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Live rounds have a rather small amount of powder in them whereas blanks are filled to the top and results in a considerably larger and brighter muzzle flash. Great for special effects especially at night!
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I use 10GA blanks in a Mini Cannon for High School Football Games.
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Better practice than dry firing.
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Blanks

I used them when I was involved in a Western theatrical group. There is a type called "Four in one blanks" that will fit 45 Long Colt, .410 shotgun, 45-70 and 44-40. They were available in different strengths -- full blast, half blast and 1/4 blast. We ALWAYS used the strong ones.
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I will agree that the blanks that the Army uses, are like shooting dirt down the barrel.
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Blanks as well as wax bullets are used for fast draw competition. For using blanks, forty five caliber cases have the primer hole drilled out to 1/8". This assures that the primer ignites the powder. Single F black powder is used for balloon targets.

The burning and unburned particles of powder are what breaks the balloons. And if you're thinking it's like firing a shotgun at a balloon, it's not quite that easy. One still has to draw and be on target to break those balloons. Those cases are filled with the single F powder and a paper plug stuffed in over that.

I also have a 22/38 single six for fast draw. It has a .38 caliber rifled barrel and the front of the cylinder chambers are bored out to accept .38 caliber wax bullets. The rear of the chambers are left at .22 cal in order to use .22 blanks as the propellant for the wax. It's quite a neat accurate little gun.

Here's a pic of it.


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When I worked at the range we had a lot of re-enactors that bought blanks all the time.
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