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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by 2beararms View Post
    They did a segment on History Channel the other day where they had an old west shooter with a pistol try to light a match. He blew the head off the match (not a bad shot from about 25 feet it appeared) but it did not light. They blamed it on modern matches not using the same lighting techniques as matches of old.

    I figure if that stuff is not stupid questions, neither is the flare.

    I say ... bring it on!

    Can't wait to see it ... video it at night if possible.
    saw that one. they've had at least a couple different exhibition shooting shows on there. they are great.
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

  3. #22
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    Goldsboro, NC USA
    Yeah that really is a ridiculous question. Sounds like I'm about to read about somebody on the DARWIN AWARD website!
    "If it is time to bury your guns, then it is time to dig them up!"

  4. I don't think flares burn quickly enough for the fire to spread out with the disintegrating pieces. Assuming that the shot would tear it up that badly in the first place.

    But hell, if you have the flares lying around, try it and post pics!

  5. #24
    I don't thnk the flare question is a ridiculous question at all and would like to see what happens. I don't have a bunch of flares lying around and wide space of desert to try it out or I would.

  6. #25
    The actual material inside the flare needs an ignitor of over 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. The stuff you are sparking on top of it is actually a magnesium composition, if I'm not mistaken. Magnesium burns hot enough to melt steel.

    My scientific guess is that it won't do a damned thing, other than blow part in the middle (presuming thats where it gets hit), with the remaining burning powder fizzling out once burned. Fired bullets are hot, but not THAT hot!
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  7. #26
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    South Carolina
    Re: Flare
    A flare, also sometimes called a fusee, is a type of pyrotechnic that produces a brilliant light or intense heat without an explosion. Flares are used for signaling, illumination, or defensive countermeasures in civilian and military applications. Flares may be ground pyrotechnics, projectile pyrotechnics, or parachute-suspended to provide maximum illumination time over a large area. Projectile pyrotechnics may be dropped from aircraft, fired from rocket or artillery, or deployed by flare guns or handheld percussive tubes.

    Flares produce their light through the combustion of a pyrotechnic composition. The ingredients are varied, but often based on strontium nitrate, potassium nitrate, or potassium perchlorate and mixed with a fuel such as charcoal, sulfur, sawdust, aluminium, magnesium, or a suitable polymeric resin.[1] Flares may be colored by the inclusion of pyrotechnic colorants. Calcium flares are used underwater to illuminate submerged objects.
    Hope this helps!
    I'd Still have more fun with a Phosforous / magnesium 12 ga shell. Their awesome when it's pitch black out at night.
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  8. #27
    I'm thinking nothing will happen except the flare would be dead.
    When seconds count, the LEO's are only minutes away...

  9. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by KingsCSI View Post

    Pay no attention to these other folks. They obviously don't have the deep convictions that some of us harbor regarding the value of much needed science. I am very curious as what exactly will happen. It is my deepest and sincerest hope that you will give it a try and report back here the results of your experiment. If I may, could I suggest a few more for you to try?

    Propane tank
    Acetyline tank
    Varying numbers of stacked plate glass
    cigarette lighters

    Once you have completed these experiments, please report back here... if you still have fingers anyway.

    Good luck and keep that mind keen and questioning!

    Oh, man, looks like we have a contender for the title of Mr. Congeniality, which I currently hold. I like your style, KingsCSI, maybe because it resembles mine so much. Terse style, well-written, acerbic yet witty, gets the point across...well done!

  10. #29
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    Honolulu, HI & Salt Lake City, UT
    Nothing will happen, other than a big mess. I shot a few road flares this past weekend using my 20 gauge Remington 870 and my 12 gauge Mossberg 500.

    "A few well placed shots with a .22LR is a lot better than a bunch of solid misses with a .44 mag!" Glock Armorer, NRA Chief RSO, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloading Rifle, Muzzleloading Shotgun, and Home Firearm Safety Training Counselor

  11. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by Glock Fan View Post
    Nothing will happen, other than a big mess. I shot a few road flares this past weekend using my 20 gauge Remington 870 and my 12 gauge Mossberg 500.

    So...did you make the old lady clean up the mess?? What, you had nothing to do all weekend in, where do you live again, oh yeah...HAWAII... so you decided to shoot up a few flares?

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