Growing up in the country I’m surprised we didn’t get into more trouble than we did with everything we got up to. And one of my favorite things to make was gunpowder. We used it to help light fires in the wet, make small explosive devices for removing stumps and my grandfather even put us to work helping him to source the lead and materials he needed to create his own ammo. As I’ve gotten older, I can appreciate the risks we took, but I believe knowing how to make your own gunpowder is a smart move for any survivalist. Gunpowder gives you an edge. You can get a fire going with gunpowder. You can use it to create a few more rounds for your rifle, allowing you to continue hunting long after the world’s gone to shit and the rule of law no longer applies. Because one thing is for certain, you will run out of ammunition eventually, and when that happens all of your firearms have just become expensive paperweights. And that’s the last thing you want. Of course, compared to the commercially made stuff what you’ll be making at home isn’t quite as good, but it’s better than nothing. I should warn you though that this post today is highly dangerous, and extreme care should be taken when doing this at home. You will need a clean and well-ventilated area to work, protection for yourself, your eyes and hands in particular, and of course, not do anything stupid like light up a cigarette while you’re working with highly flammable materials. Common sense, right? And it goes without saying that you’ll only ever use this knowledge for legal means, and you’re fully aware of the consequences you’ll face if you don’t. Right, let’s get to it.
Ingredients for homemade gunpowder
- Potassium nitrate. Buy it at the store, or collect it at home by mixing urine and feces and scraping the white crust that forms after a few days. That’s potassium nitrate.
- Burn a lump of sealed wood inside a sealed metal pot until the wood is converted into charcoal. It’s an easy process, or you can also buy it yourself.
- It’s readily available at any gardening store, and you can sometimes even find it naturally in caves and other locations, just look for the rotten egg smell.
- Set of digital scales to accurately measure each ingredient
- Plastic spoon to scoop the right amount of each ingredient
- 2 x large plastic bowls to mix the ingredients together
- Mortar and pestle to finely grind the gunpowder
- Very fine mesh sieve to remove any clumps and lumps