A few posts earlier, we saw a mention of something called “black powder substitute“. We will study more about this topic in today’s post.
As we saw in several posts on the topic of black powders, it is a mixture that was used as a propellant for hundreds of years. Some of the problems with using black powder include
- Ignites very easily and burns rapidly, which may cause accidents if it happens unexpectedly.
- Produces a sulfur smell and a lot of residue after burning.
- It is hygroscopic and can absorb water from the atmosphere, which causes the powder to degrade.
- Needs careful handling and storage to prevent accidents.
- Is generally corrosive in nature, which means that firearms need to be cleaned thoroughly after use.