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Old 04-19-2017, 01:45 AM
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About 8 or 9 years ago my son and sort of reenacted a scene from Jaws where Brody shoots a big diving tank in the sharks mouth, in the movie it blew the shark up. I did this at night time in the middle of the desert, no shark or any other object. We used a full oxygen tank, one of the half size one's. So we set it up at 150 yards, I shot it from that distance cause I didn't want to get struck by any chunks of shrapnel, but I under estimated that. I painted a 2" circle on the side of the tank with glow in the dark paint so I would have something to put the cross hairs on. To my utter shock that tank produced a massive explosion, much, much larger than I ever expected. We had pieces of shrapnel raining down all around us and a good sized chunk struck my car that was about 30 yards behind us. The fire ball was very impressive, but it dissipated nearly instantly. We went back the next morning to survey the debris field, but we couldn't find any pieces much larger than 3 or 4 inches in diameter. And the debris field was scattered out beyond the 150 yard spot I shot it from by at least 50 yards or so.

About 30 years ago myself and a couple friends poured about a gallon of gas into a 55 gal. barrel. We let it sit in the hot Arizona summer heat for about an hour to help the gas create a good oxygenated vapor, we capped it, then each took turns spraying it with a BAR (MG) using tracer rounds from about 200 yards away. It took a while, but one of us finally got it to ignite. It didn't explode, it just ignited with a poof and sent a pretty decent fire ball up and lots of black smoke, which was what got the sheriff to investigate, who told us just to make sure we put the fire out completely before we leave.

Warning to others, don't shoot oxygen tanks or any other objects unless you take precautions to protect yourself from raining and propelled shrapnel.

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A friend of mine and his wife got into shooting a few years back, so I invited them over to the house to shoot on our backyard range. We had a great time and the very next week the young lady asked if they could come over and shoot again, but this time she wanted to bring a propane tank for a target. She was really disappointed when I told her no way were we shooting a propane tank in the woods behind my house. She kept reducing the size of the tank, and I kept saying no! Eventually I agreed to them bringing over some tannerite, which seemed to satisfy her desire to blow something up.
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Stunts like that,

Might explain a few of the several brush fires we've had around here. They can't all be blamed on lightning. How does one go about knowing what lies beyond your target at night out in the desert? Like Mom said, you'll put your eye out.
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I have always seen those little green propane tanks here and there with bullet holes in them and always wondered what happens if you shoot one.
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In school shop class there was an old film showing what would happen if the valve was knocked off an oxygen bottle. It took off like a spinning rocket and blew out a big chunk of block wall.

No full oxygen bottles I could waste by shooting it.
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A friend of mine and his wife got into shooting a few years back, so I invited them over to the house to shoot on our backyard range. We had a great time and the very next week the young lady asked if they could come over and shoot again, but this time she wanted to bring a propane tank for a target. She was really disappointed when I told her no way were we shooting a propane tank in the woods behind my house. She kept reducing the size of the tank, and I kept saying no! Eventually I agreed to them bringing over some tannerite, which seemed to satisfy her desire to blow something up.
actually, i doubt you could get a propane tank to blow up from a rifle round.

It was either Myth Busters or Sons of Guns that tried it. Even with tracer rounds they could NOT get a propane tank to blow up like you see in the movies. They have to strap a flare to the tank and have the propane be ignited by the flare once they punched a hole in it with the bullet.
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actually, i doubt you could get a propane tank to blow up from a rifle round.

It was either Myth Busters or Sons of Guns that tried it. Even with tracer rounds they could NOT get a propane tank to blow up like you see in the movies. They have to strap a flare to the tank and have the propane be ignited by the flare once they punched a hole in it with the bullet.
Even with the flare I doubt the tank would "blow". Definately burn but don't think there would be air-fuel mix inside the tank for an explosion.
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A friend of mine and his wife got into shooting a few years back, so I invited them over to the house to shoot on our backyard range. We had a great time and the very next week the young lady asked if they could come over and shoot again, but this time she wanted to bring a propane tank for a target. She was really disappointed when I told her no way were we shooting a propane tank in the woods behind my house. She kept reducing the size of the tank, and I kept saying no! Eventually I agreed to them bringing over some tannerite, which seemed to satisfy her desire to blow something up.
There's a fellow that once tried to be impressive with Tannerite and a mower, cost him a leg.

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