I’ve built several guns that shoot paint balls using black powder. M.V. = 300 fps. There are a couple of tricks to making this work, but it’s not all that hard.
The “double rifle” makes playing paintball possible but your strategy needs to adapt as reload time is 20-30 seconds. It’s less like a video game with unlimited ammo and more like the French and Indian war.
Seems like some action star was killed by a wax bullet some time back, mid 80′s?
It was a wad in a blank round that got him, actually. And it was because the moron put it up against his head and pulled the trigger as a “joke”. If there had been a couple of feet separation he’d likely have only suffered minor burns.
As I recall, Brandon Lee was killed because of a string of mistakes during the making of The Crow.
One scene required a close-up of a 44 mag revolver with visible bullets in the cylinder, so the gun wrangler pulled the bullets, dumped the powder and supposedly fired the primers before re-seating the bullets. Unfortunately he missed one.
During the shot, an actor pointed the gun at the camera and pulled the trigger so they could capture the rotating cylinder with the visible bullets. An active primer had just enough force to push the bullet into the barrel. No one informed the gun wrangler about the mysterious bang they heard since no projectile came out.
Another scene several days later required really hot blanks to get shots of flames leaping from the barrel. The blank shot the lodged bullet into Brandon Lee’s chest and he died fairly quickly.
All footage of the shooting was destroyed by the family as soon as the investigation was complete.
I’ve been making wax bullets lately with the intention of quiet target shooting indoors. All I use is the primer to fire the wax, no powder in the shell. I used to play paintball and it got me thinking. I like real guns way more than paintball guns and my .45 caliber wax bullets seem to have about at much lethality as a paintball (believe me, I did lots of testing). So as long as each type of round used is properly tested, each gun is checked by all participants, there are no real bullets of any kind brought to the area of combat, proper protective gear is worn, and all those involved are trusted friends that are as crazy as I am, this could be a fun pass time that will actually put me and my firearms in simulated combat instead of being limited to target shooting to hone my skills. Thoughts?