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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-04-2010, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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is this possible

i was reading an article in a magazine at a doctors office,i believe it was in north dakota, two fellas were hunting blackpowder,one was wearing some type of snowmobile suit,they were climbing over pasture fencing with their loaded flintlocks and static electricity from the snowmoble suit rubbing together caused the smokepole to discharge killing his hunting partner.>is that possible?

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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-04-2010, 11:03 PM
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probably shorted out due to excess moisture in his diaper!!!
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hey they [mods] killed my post!plus i am also a die hard ford fan i have a['53 customline,'63fairlane500,2002explorer,2007fordfiv ehundred]FORDS RULE..anyhow is that static electricity thing possible able to make a flintlock discharge?

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post #4 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-04-2010, 11:16 PM
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once i got a call on my cell phone and my flinter went off.
talk about weird.

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I'd have to say no!
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i heard about this before, not sure if its true or not
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post #8 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-04-2010, 11:33 PM
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Re: is this possible

Found this on the internet:

Never smoke or otherwise expose black powder to flame, spark, or heat during loading, shooting or handling. This includes friction from excess handling, and static discharges. You should use some sort of static control in the area where you handle or load black powder.

I would say it is possible
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Re: is this possible

A friend of mine just told me the other day that he was carrying his muzzleloader from the house to the car and it went off as he was going out the door from static electricity.

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Static electricity will set off blackpowder. One of two reasons why NMLRA says never to use carpet where you handle blackpowder (spilled powder build-up is the other). BATF also says to have wood or concrete floor in any type C magazine for the same reason.

I believe Aberdeen Proving Grounds did tests of this with bagged artillery charges and did make them go off with static electricty. Will see if I can find that info again.

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