How does tannerite work? Will it work with shotgun?

Nowadays, it is quite easy to find a gun with rimfire bullet because of production techniques increasingly advanced, but have you ever wondered why a bullet could be fired so far?  The secret is in the tannerite, don’t worry, in this article, I will show how does tannerite works and how it affect the bullet.

1.Ingredient of tannerite

Tannerite is the name of brand invention exploding target used for practicing firearms, the form of tannerite is a kit, and it contains the ingredients of a binary explosive. The explosive includes a combination of ammonium perchlorate and ammonium nitrate (oxidizers) and primarily aluminum powder – that is a device into two separate powders that are mixed by the user.

Although the combination is too stable to exploding with light pressure, tannerite will break out since subjected to forces such a high-velocity bullet impact as the impact from a low-velocity bullet or shotgun blast or a hammer blow dropped.

Differing from general opinions, tannerite is not flammable that a burning fuse or electricity cannot creat an explosion. Tannerite is in two forms of different powders, so it is quite easy to sell or transport to many places without the legal restrictions .

How does tannerite work

How does tannerite work – Ingredient


2. How to make tannerite at home



The mixture itself is easy. For instance, 100g AN mixed with 5g AL

  1. 95% Ammonium Nitrate will be the form of crystal  and have to be a fine powder
  2. Blender is used to ground to the consistency of salt granules.
  3. Blending in ventilated area with no fire.
  4. Burning Point 840 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Preserve in a sealed container after grounded.
  6. After storing – If clumping occurs to break the clumps apart and ground.


  1. 5% Aluminum Powder 300-600 of mesh.
  2. Use different blender to avoid contaminating
  3. Mix in fine powder.
  4. Blend into the well ventilated area without opening flames.
  5. Store in a container that is sealed after grounded.
  6. After storage – If clumping happened to break the clumps apart and ground.

The mix AN/AL

Pour AN and AL into the container then shaking until they are mixed with the rate 95 and 5 respectively. Do not forget once you mix them together; you have to use them at the site. You cannot transport or store the stuff which is mixed. If not, you will violate the federal law.

3. Distinguishing tannerite VS dynamite.



A large number of people interchangeably use these two terms, and the common mistakes are that TNT is the name of chemical and dynamite is the colloquial term.That’s just plain wrong.

Dynamite is the invention of the Swedish chemist, Alfred Nobel, while Nobel searched for a way to help nitroglycerin more stable and less pronely to.  Nobel took explosives in an entirely new direction by mixing nitroglycerine with diatomaceous earth and sodium carbonate. His invention is  quite stable and no explosion from jiggling

Tannerite is not dynamite, but its explosive is high. Also, tannerite is more stable than dynamite, and it is often melted down and poured into shell casings. The user should notice that tanerite is extremely toxic.

Due to tannerite’s stability, it often has to combine with other things such as ammonium nitrate to get amatol- a military explosive. If you want to get ammonal, a common industrial explosive, you can add some powdered aluminum in two mixtures above.

4. Tannerite manufacture and sale


Tannerite is sold in small size with the purpose for practicing under avalanche control and police use. Pre-sized quantities are stored with non-sparking polyethylene mixing bottles.

Tannerite consists of two elements: a material mixed with a sensitizer or catalyst, and some oxidizer. The compound of fuel and catalyst contains 90% 600-mesh dark flake aluminum powder, mixed with the catalyst being a mixture of 5% 200-mesh zirconium hydride and  5% 325-mesh titanium sponge. The oxidizer is mixing of 15% ammonium perchlorate and 85% 200-mesh ammonium nitrate.

The name of simpler mixtures of ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder often is ammonal known to be used as do-it-yourself replacing for Tannerite.

5. Cheapest place to buy tennerite

There’re a few places on the internet that sell exploding target mix in bulk such as Rural King, Ebay, Amazon, etc. Also, you can buy some elements like Ammonium Nitrate that is readily available at your local pharmacy in a household product or Home Depot. But keeping secret if you don’t want the ATF Knocking on Your Door

6. United States law


In the United States, ATF regulations stipulate that Persons manufacturing explosives for their own personal, non-business use only like personal target practice are not required to have a Federal explosives license or permit.

It means that a prohibited person who is barred by federal law from buying or owning a firearm certainly cannot legally possess mixed explosives. The law of explosive for target practice must be used once mixed: any storage, transport or commercial use falls under federal explosives laws

Once mixed, the tannerite mixture is law violations if carrying in mixed form without controlling strict regulations such as packaging, insurance, signage on storage magazines, the transport vehicle, etc.

On October 1, 2012, A Maryland law was banned that the sale or ownership of Tannerite became active.It widens the definition of an explosive with the addition  that two or more components that are advertised and sold together with instructions on how to combine the components to create an explosive” and beside, bombs and destructive devices designed to operate by chemical, mechanical, or explosive action.

With the outbreak of using tannerite, USFS is making an order the closure to prohibit using explosives unpermitted in all over areas in the Rocky Mountain Region USFS on August 5, 2013. If not, it will be harmful to national forests and grasslands of Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

According to the USFS, there are at least 16 wildfires in the Western states getting involved with exploding targets. It costs at least  $33 million for the fire extinguished.  The Bureau of Land Management has forced the use of all exploding targets on BLM land in Utah.

In conclusion, please use explosives on the right things without doing anyone injured by the dangerous explosives, hope that you can understand how does tannerite work now!

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