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Old June 14th, 2009, 11:46 PM   #1
 
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Firing Blank Ammo

Hello Gunners! Is it possible and safe to fire 9mm rimmed blank cartridges in a .357mag Ruger revolver? Just for fun or trigger pull training. I am aware that blank loads can be very dangerous if not managed properly.




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Old June 15th, 2009, 12:13 AM   #2
 
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If they chamber reasonably well, I don't see why not ... from what I've seen, pistol blanks are loaded with very fast burning powders ... making modifications to them for other shooting purposes a risky venture. JL
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Thanks for joining, JLeslie! I have seen 9mm rimmed blank cartridges made for 9mm starting revolver which chamber perfectly in a .357mag cylinder. Yet the cases are pretty short... Would this be a problem?

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You might as well pop-off a couple to see how much soot and noise they put out ... as long as the spent cases arn't splitting or doing anything else thats unexpected or weird, I'd say its a "go". I suppose if you fired-off tens of thousands of them you'd probably develop noticible chamber erosion, which would cause fired 357 cases to bulge or split ... good luck ...JL
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Thanks JLeslie! I'll take care. What do you think about firing gas ammo in a real revolver. Is it possible and safe?

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Do you mean tear gas ammo?
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Yes, tear or pepper gas. Is it possible to use such ammo for defence against animals?
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You got me on that one ... don't have a clue ...JL
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You might consider getting one of the classic Lee loaders and loading blanks or wax bullet loads for training.

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Thanks, jhrosier! That's an idea. It is new to me, but it seems to be an option.
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IOWEGAN, I know you have the answer, that's why I'm asking you - what do you think about firing tear or pepper gas ammo in a real revolver? Is it possible and safe to do so?

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binbinbin, I guess anything is possible but this one wouldn't be practical. Typical cartridge type tear gas or pepper gas are blank cartridges that propel small vials of the gas. The vials break when the blank is fired so what really comes out of the muzzle is a single charge of spray that has an effective range of 3-5 feet and dissipates in about a second. If the wind was in the wrong direction, you would risk disabling yourself more than the intended subject.

Stop and think about that .... would you want to get that close to Mr Bear or Ms Mountain Lion? If you pull out a real gun loaded with tear gas, don't you think the bad guy would feel an immediate threat, pull his gun, and blow your head off?

Tear gas is illegal in most states. Pepper spray is legal but the delivery systems and quantities are restricted. I don't think you'll find a state where pepper or tear gas is legal when fired from a firearm.

If I were going to use pepper spray, I would get the key chain aerosol can with a nozzle that shoots the spray 8-10 feet in multiple half second bursts. These are very effective.
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