Shooting Blanks

Blank cartridges have been around for some time now and are found all over Hollywood, reenactments, and in various training settings within the Military and Law Enforcement communities. Although they add a great amount of potential in their use, they do require extensive safety precautions and care in their use. There have been numerous incidents of people suffering injury or death from wrongly modified blank firearms or even mixing live rounds with blank ammunition unknowingly. Blanks can also be very difficult to work with as we show in the video, requiring special care and attention to ensure that the firearms they are used with work reliably. This is more of an issue with semi-automatic firearms, but manually repeating firearms can have issues too. There is also a wide variety of blank rounds, from wooden tipped cases that require shredders at the muzzle to “shred” the wood, to polymer versions that can be very economical.

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  • Aaron

    R.I.P. Brandon Lee.

    • Phillip Cooper

      And John Erik Hexham

  • iksnilol

    Oh, this post wasn’t about Patrick’s visit to the doctor?

    • Smert

      Aloha snackbar Grand Vizor of Sarajevo!

    • Phillip Cooper

      Damn you. Stole my line!

    • Haulin’ Oats

      It’s more about his last 2 moa Doublestar AR-15 review than a medical problem. Shootin’ blank information at his target audience.

  • Gun Fu Guru

    I bet James knows something about shooting blanks with those shorts of his.

    • Ragged Hole


  • Leprechauns

    Don’t feel bad about shooting blanks St. Patrick. Many a man has spent a lot o tyme, monies, and pain to shoot blanks like you lad.

    • Gangsta_crip

      Dat mall leprechaun dough.

  • Fred Fagan

    In the mid 1950’s, a bunch of us kids had pistols that only fired .22 blanks. They actually were pointed upwards in the gun and blast went out thru the top of the barrel. Young & dumb with a finger over the hole ONCE and it really really hurt. Next time with blanks was in 64 launching frag & WP grenades from the barrel of an AR-15 in Nam.