Back at the start of November 2023 - I "internet ordered" from America, a tool to make No.11 size PERCUSSION CAPS - plus 3x kits of the PRIME-ALL chemicals needed to mix & fill them.
The NZ shooting scene is deteriorating fast .. with some ammunition and components in short supply - while PRICES are rocketing skywards faster than any ICBM.. - CCI "Caps" that were around 10-12 cents each are now being offered at $40 a tin, plus courier charge (total $52 per 100) to your door, - 52cents per cap.
That's looking like more than two bucks a shot for some home-made bangers
.. BUT these DIY kits could drop that down to 3-6 cents per cap. - I'm treating this as an interesting fun project. - Some shooters might fancy reloading costly 22 Magnum cartridges.
Price is not the issue here ... AVAILABILITY is even more important with increasing restrictions on Export - Import - Transport - Permits and Licences - Storage - Insurance .. and prohibitive new RULES for Clubs operating SHOOTING RANGES - and less and less land available to shoot over.
Decent folk are questioning whether it's all worth the bother - Gun Shops are closing.
'THEY'RE COMING TO TAKE YOU AWAY HA-HAA'1966
Link to a good article on d.i.y primers that even tells how to make your own potassium chlorate:
- Another factor was my curiosity as to whether I could make this kit reliably work - would my order even arrive down here in New Zealand .. On 4th December the package landed on my home doorstep. - It HAD been slit open, checked and resealed by the nosies at 'border protection' .. but it was all there.
- Everything considered - this is a good result. SHARPSHOOTER 22LR supplied exactly the tool & chemicals as ordered. *BRILLIANT*.
The issue isn't that I don't have "shop bought" caps .. as I have plenty - but as a non-criminal citizen I INSIST on my RIGHTS to be able to harvest wild foods and to maintain independence of all the prohibitions imposed by CORRUPT VENAL POLITICIANS.
- We are NOT making here any component using shock sensitive explosive metalic fulminates - as first patented by Rev. Forsyth in 1807 - neither is there mercury, phosphorus .. nor lead styphnate.
This mixture used for priming will do the ignition function in primers, - percussion caps & in Rimfire Cartridges. - I'm thinking of it as much like a gunpowder formulation with added FRICTION AGENTS such as ground glass / sand - that when hit sharply, impact together and make enough heat to ignite the compound, that itself then ignites the main propellant charge. This mixture produces corrosive residues that require careful cleaning and oiling of your gun.
IT WORKS - BUT IT IS CORROSIVE ..
Nothing is ever simple .. Nothing is ever perfect ..
These chemicals are a variation of H-48 Priming Compound - dating from 1898 that you might Google if curious.
The individual chemicals are not dangerous and can be bought everywhere by anyone who chooses to be even more independent .. It is only after mixing that the preparation becomes functional and may be ignited by friction from an impact/hammer blow.
HAVE FAITH: - I did a precise scientific TEST - after I had filled my caps .. I tipped a wee pile of the left-over dry mix onto the concrete step at my laundry door - and hit it with a wee hammer .. where it made a satisfyingly loud BANG. - WOOO HOOO. Promising Eh.
Actually making some caps comes after I've had a cup of coffee eh. - This is going to be fiddly.
Well I first had to buy a can of fizz and 'dumbfuck' that I am, - I drunk this piss-pop instead of pouring it down the sewer - or even smarter would have been to scavange a dead one from a garbo somewhere ..