Chemist Creates Safer Form of Ammo

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by ghostrider, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=440 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=headlineblack style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 0px; PADDING-BOTTOM: 10px; PADDING-TOP: 5px">Chemist Creates Safer Form of Ammo</TD></TR><TR><TD class=storytext style="PADDING-BOTTOM: 10px">Friday, August 04, 2006
    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — A Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist has come up with a less-toxic explosive that has potential uses in hunting and in military ammunition.
    Chemist My Hang Huynh developed a new type of primary explosive, which are the explosives that, for example, ignite the main charges in a bullet or conventional bomb. The lab owns three patents.
    Huynh said the new explosive is cleaner, safer and less expensive to produce than traditional lead azide and lead styphnate primary explosives, which have been in use since 1907.
    Government officials say the discovery could better protect workers who manufacture ammunition or explosives as well as reduce pollution of land and water near shooting ranges and military bases.
    The new primary explosive is made with iron, nitrogen, carbon and oxygen instead of lead. Lead is toxic to humans, and chronic exposure can result in birth defects, miscarriage and learning disabilities.
    "Unfortunately, devices using lead primary explosives are manufactured by the tens of millions each year in the U.S. alone,"Huynh wrote in a report.
    A research magazine, R&D, recently recognized Huynh's work with a set of annual awards for the best applied research. The U.S. Navy also commended Huynh's research.

    "The replacement of lead azide is an extremely challenging task,"said C.A. Pfleegor, an engineering division director in the Naval Surface Warfare Center."It has become a holy grail of energetic materials research."
  2. B540glenn

    B540glenn Should Be Working Founding Member

    "energetic materials research"

    Now there's a euphemism if I ever heard one. ;)
  3. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    :eek: whens the new loading Manuals coming out :D
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