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post #11 of 28 Old 10-19-2009, 06:28 PM
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What do they use for ammunition? There certainly aren't regular bullets in those handguns.
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post #12 of 28 Old 10-19-2009, 06:58 PM
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They do use regular handguns, I think they use 45's. The shot is more or less a blank. Its a black powder load that doesn't go very far. Thats why they have to get fairly close to break the balloon.


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Wow I've never seen that before! That's cool!
Are the horses very bothered about the sound?

I live in a house but my home is in the stable.
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They have to train the horses to get used to the bang. We have used fire crackers to get ours used to gunfire. Its a lot cheaper than firearm rounds.
Some of the riders will use a horse ear plug that will muffle the sound for the horse.
I've never done it, just been around it a lot


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They do use regular handguns, I think they use 45's. The shot is more or less a blank. Its a black powder load that doesn't go very far. Thats why they have to get fairly close to break the balloon.
I knew it had to be something with little trajectory. Black powder though? That would be custom loads and very hard on the guns. I was thinking a standard blank, but then how would it burst the balloon?
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They have to train the horses to get used to the bang. We have used fire crackers to get ours used to gunfire. Its a lot cheaper than firearm rounds.
You are welcome to visit my place and enjoy that for free! People who own little empty piece of property next to us rent it out to some crazy so they can stay there overnight and shoot. In fact it's forbidden (because they are too close), but they do it anyway (although I haven't seen them for while). I don't really care all that much because I think it's a good training for horses and dogs.
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post #17 of 28 Old 10-20-2009, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Some of the riders will use a horse ear plug that will muffle the sound for the horse.
I was actually surprised at how few people used ear plugs.

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I knew it had to be something with little trajectory. Black powder though? That would be custom loads and very hard on the guns. I was thinking a standard blank, but then how would it burst the balloon?
Honestly I don't know enough to be certain, but I think its a pretty small amount in a custom load. I do know there is no projectile except the powder.
I'll have to ask my friends for specifics. They don't do any re-loading so it has to be something that can be bought.


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Here's info about the blanks: J&B Blanks

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Thanks, Dashy. I wonder if I can sneak blanks into my ammo box and trick my sons... ;)
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