Static Electrcity and pre-mature firing
I was playing with my daughter at Mc Donalds the other day and kept getting shocked with static electrcity on the slide. This got me wondering. As anyone ever heard of a round going off because of static eletricity? I was carrying my P-3AT at the time.
Static electricity and ...........
Having done much work during my carreer around grain elevators, the subject of static electricity as an ignition source was very seriously studied. It was generally concluded that static electricity is a "cold" spark, and would not ignite grain dust.
However, in the soybean processing industry, where very flammable hexane is used, it was found to be a source of igition on vapors.
A friend of mine told me some years ago of a flintlock firing prematurely as a result of a static spark created by a nylon jacket setting off the powder in the pan.
And electric primed ammunition used in aircraft use and electric primer, not set off by percussiion.
A static electricity discharge....
This story was told to me years ago by a friend of mine, Jeff Jolly, of Cadiz, Ohio:
He was shooting a skeet, using a flintlock. The range protocol called for the shooter to stand in a "ready" station, marked off with a concrete parking lot bumper. Only there could he load his gun, which he had done. As the day was cool, he wore one of those Nylon coach's jackets.
He had just loaded, and was standing with the muzzles down, pointing more-or-less toward the concrete barrier. He made a movement so that his arm brushed against the front of the jacket and "K-BOOM!" the gun fired one barrel. The shot charge splattered against the ground and barrier, to no harm. Near as they could determine, it was set off by the static spark.
Skeet with a flintlock? They do it, though I have no idea why. Memphis gunsmith Ed Mason won an international title, years ago when in better health, in Switzerland in both flint and percussion skeet.