Quote: Originally Posted by JamesBondo
No, it isn't.
It is 2018, and you are not making any sense.
"Gun powder" also known as "black powder" was retired with the Brown Bess. For 2/3 century, it was replaced by Cordite, which produces far less smoke and far more kinetic energy.
Cordite is a family of smokeless propellants developed and produced in the United Kingdom since 1889 to replace gunpowder as a military propellant. Like gunpowder, cordite is classified as a low explosive because of its slow burning rates and consequently low brisance. These produce a subsonic deflagration wave rather than the supersonic detonation wave produced by brisants, or high explosives. The hot gases produced by burning gunpowder or cordite generate sufficient pressure to propel a bullet or shell to its target, but not so quickly as to routinely destroy the barrel of the gun.
Cordite was replaced by increasingly more efficient propellants after WWII and "gun powder" is a quaint, historic expression used by singin' cowpokes 'round the campfire chawin' tarbakky.
Oh, and by the way, the material in the "fuse end" of a cartridge that explodes when struck is not the same stuff as the powdered (or stranded) propellant that sits behind the bullet
Last edited by Curious Cdn; Apr 1st, 2018 at 12:13 PM..