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EXPLOSIVES AND PROPELLANTS From Commonly Available Materials Desert Publications Ei Dorado, AR 71781-1751 USA TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION, © 2. ee eee APPROACH, . 1... ee ee ee MANUFACTURE OF BLACK POWDER FROM FIELD GRADE POTASSIUM NITRATE? 2... Improvised Black Powder Process, IMPROVISED PRIMARY HIGH EXPLOSIVES Field Manufacture of Fulminates. . Experimental Data. 2... ue Procedures ss ve eee ee Field Manufacture of Double Salts , Experimental Data... 2. es Field Manufacture of HMTD, . . Experimental Data... 0 ey Improvised Detonator Systems. . . OPTIMIZED PROCEDURE FOR FIELD MANUFACTURE OF IMPROVISED DETONATORS Procedure, 2. IMPROVISED SECONDARY HIGH EXPLOSIVES. Field Manufacture of Nitric Esters, Experimental Data... se se aL 10 4 14 16 16 1? : Poge Optimized Process for Field Manufacture of Methyl Nitrate, Ethylene Glycol Dinitrate and Nitroglycerin . oe ee ee ee eee 18 Procedure, sete eee cere cere ne 18 Acid Recovery Procedure see eee eee a i Procedure, ss. eee se ee ee ee eee 22 Nitrocellulose. 2 6 6 ee ee ee ee ee 23 Urea Nitrate 2. cee ee ee 26 : Sprengel Explosives 6... 2 ee eee eee 26 i Nitric Acid/Cellulose Explosives 6... 45-4 26 | Nitric Acid/Monomitrobenzene ("Hellhoffite") | Explosives . eye ee ee ee ee eee 29 : CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS... 5. 30 ‘ REFERENCES 2.6 ee sete ee ee ee 32 ‘ APPENDIX, 2. eee eet ee ee ee ee 34 i DISTRIBUTION 6 ec ee eee 50 : List of Tables Table Impact Sensitivity Tests of Improvised Primary Explosives, 6 5 ee te ee eee 5 i Field Manufacture of Ethyl Alcohol. « . «6 + + 6 Im. Initiation Tests of Improvised Compound Gaps {5 shots each primary) 6.1 - ee ee ee ul v

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