Introduction: Armstrong's Mix - a Substitute for Black-powder
Hello everyone, today I'll be showing you how to make Armstrong's mix. Armstrong's mix is made by mixing red phosphorous and an oxidizer - both of which can be found in a box of safety matches.
DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT IN ANY WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, INJURIES, DEATH ETC CAUSED BY USING ARMSTRONG'S MIX
Used wisely, Armstrong's mix can be great fun and be used in making fire crackers, fuses, mini canons etc
Please check local laws before making any kind of explosive device or firearm.
Step 1: What You Will Need
To make Armstrong's you will need:
- Several boxes of safety matches
- A piece of paper
- A pestle and mortar
- A pair of needle nose pliers
- A craft knife
- And LOTS of time
Step 2: The BORING Part
Ok, before going any further I warn you; DO NOT attempt to make this if you are not willing to spend several hours and use LOTS of boxes of matches to get a few teaspoons of the stuff!
Assuming you want to go through with this, start by crushing the head of each match several times with the pliers, thereby removing the highly flammable phosphorous and continue with the rest of the matches (it now takes me only 5 or so minutes per box)
Once you've removed the phosphorous from at least 5 boxes worth of matches you can use the pestle to grind it into a fine powder. Do not worry about the phosphorous igniting while doing this since it is not yet friction-sensitive.
Step 3: More Stuff With Matches
Now you need to remove the oxidiser from the striker pads of the match box; this will make the red phosphorous burn a lot faster and give it more of an explosive quality. Use a craft knife to scrape off the oxidiser.
Step 4: Mixing
You can now mix the phosphorous and the oxidiser; I use about 60-70% phosphorous to 30-40% oxidiser; the safest way to do this is to pour both the powders into a small plastic jar and gently shake it for about a minute.
Step 5: Using the Stuff
WARNING! The chemical mix you have created is VERY sensitive to friction. Shake it around too hard, scrape it, hit it; it'll explode. I hope to be doing some tutorials using Armstrong's mix at some point in the future.
Please exercise extreme caution when using this, otherwise, enjoy!
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