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PostSubject: Caps and water.   Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:49 pm

Out of curiosity I have soaked two caps with water.
They did not explode on contact with water - good! (some pyrotechnic materials react strongly with water).
Mass inside cap became a paste that could be moved around and shaped.

After about 12 hours (maybe faster, I only checked after this time) it got dry and hard again.
Surprisingly (?) caps worked correctly, with a big satisfying bang.


Note: do NOT attempt playing with caps unless you use eye protection and other applicable safety measures.
Remember, cap has enough force to blow back metal bolts and slides!
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PostSubject: Re: Caps and water.   Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:01 pm

Wow Shocked that's surprising as I'd have thought that once water got to them they'd never fire again


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PostSubject: Re: Caps and water.   Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:42 pm

You can imagine my surprise... fortunately I was following safety rules.

I was always convinced that water and condensation make caps go stale and stop working properly.
Obviously this is not true.

By the way - a soaked cap does not work. Checked that too.
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