How to make Tannerite, a legal compound under federal law.

How to make tannerite

Ammonium Nitrate/Aluminum Powder Also known as Tannerite. LEGAL

SO you want to know how to make tannerite? Tannerite is a binary compound that is legally distributed and manufactured in the United States, and is commonly used down range with high velocity rifles. Preppers and Survivalists will find this legal mixture useful in a SHTF situation, and more pleased to find out that this can be bought premade through the patented version Tannerite with no need to mix. [Visit the Tannerite website.] Basically, when you shoot – it explodes.

This compound is so stable it requires high impact to detonate the mixture. Tannerite could be used on your property engaging a confirmed threat to your life or property would be it’s most practical use, disabling I.E.D.’s (Improvised Explosive Device), or disabling vehicles in Charlie Foxtrot situations. High-velocity firearm cartridges will detonate the mixture, low-velocity will not detonate the mixture.

Note: their are no federal laws for this mixture, always be in compliance with your local and state laws (Illegal in Maryland) . Be well informed.

How to make tannerite at home

The mixture itself is simple

For example: 100g AN mixed with 5g AL

  1. 95% Ammonium Nitrate [See pricing.] 50lb bags marked 34-0-0. Please note: the supply of ammonium nitrate is getting slim, this product is in crystal form and will have to be made into a fine powder. 
  2. Use blender to ground to the consistency of salt granules.
  3. Mix in well ventilated area with no open flames.
  4. Ignition Point 840 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Store in sealed container after grounded.
  6. After storage – If clumping occurs break the clumps apart and ground.
  1. 5% Aluminum Powder [See pricing.] 300-600 mesh.
  2. Use different blender to avoid contamination.
  3. Blend into fine powder.
  4. Mix in well ventilated area with no open flames.
  5. Store in sealed container after grounded.
  6. After storage – If clumping occurs break the clumps apart and ground.

How to make tannerite – The mix AN/AL

Pour the amounts into the container and shake them up until they are mixed together mixed accordingly to their weight 95/5 in any desired amount. Remember once you mix them together you must use them at the site. You cannot drive or store the stuff mixed together. Totally legal according to federal law.

A Federal explosives license or permit would be required to obtain any explosive device, such as detonators, used to initiate the mixed binary explosives. In addition, transportation of any explosive material, including mixed binary explosives, without a Federal license or permit is prohibited. [27 CFR 555.11: Definition of “manufacturer”; 27 CFR 555.26, 555.41(b)] Again do not drive with these compounds mixed.

As with any of the usCrow guides and manuals it is strictly advised that you practice caution and be well informed. Prepper and Survival weapons and devices like these require skill, character, and responsibility.
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30 suggestions on “How to make Tannerite, a legal compound under federal law.

  1. I was going to see what this stuff was all about but i dont think i need it. LOL looks like you can get killed with it to me i will pass LOL

    • I tried the Iron Oxide with AL in tannerite using about 50/50. Didn’t detonate with .22LR. Have also hit these targets with 5.56 and the didn’t detonate. EVERY time I hit one with .30 they have detonated.

  2. This is not a recipe for a legal explosive called, “Tannerite”. This photo was not made with a Tannerite® target.

    Tannerite® Sports Marketing developed the patented formula that is the only safe exploding target on the market. Any formula or recipe that does not

    “Tannerite® brand targets employ a binary explosive used as a shot indicator for long-range firearms practice and training. Tannerite® brand target detonations occur at a very high velocity, producing a large explosion and a cloud of water vapor. Small caliber rim-fire or slow moving pistol ammunition will not initiate a detonation.

    Since the two components that make up Tannerite® targets are not explosive until mixed, they can legally be purchased in the USA without a license. Tannerite® targets are exceptionally stable when subjected to less severe forces such as a hammer blow or being dropped and they cannot be initiated by any kind of flame or electricity.

    Tannerite® is the registered trademark for Tannerite® brand targets and binary exploding rifle targets are a patented invention by Daniel J. Tanner.

    • I would not suggest using a chlorate, use potassium perchlorate, might not be as much fun but it has a better stability

  3. 34-0-0 is way the Taliban uses against our forces. It’s now illegal as a fertilizer in Afghanistan. You can also use urea nitrate and acid, or an ammonium nitrate fuel/oil mixture more commonly referred to as AN/FO.

  4. I bought some “All seasons Top Dresser 34-0-0″ but it says Primary Nutrients derived from ammonium sulfate and Urea… will this still work in proper combination of the aluminum powder?

  5. ok people here is my contribution get your ammonium nitrate from instant cold packs at any store like Kroger or Wall-Mart take out the water and you have 100% pure ammonium nitrate put 1 spoon aluminum powder in it and shoot it goes bang and as far as quantity to test try a small pill bottle half full at 50 yards and be safe …..oh and never grind these in the same grinder get two grinders please and mark them it will go boom the finer it is the easer it explodes ….Martin

  6. Could we maybe get some specs on how much Tannerite will produce how large of an explosion? For example, if I wanted to make a tiny amount, just to test the knowledge and my own personal handling, and use it to, say, remove an old tree stump on my grandfather’s property…would a zip-lock sandwich bag be enough? Too much? Too little?
    I really feel like this is something that should be specified, lest someone lacking wisdom attempts to use 80 lbs of this to remove a tree stump, and shoots it from 50m.

  7. Firstly, thank you for sharing this information. Please don’t take my additional query as skepticism of your knowledge. I only believe that, perhaps, the Zeolite formula has been changed.

    The MSDS on Zeolite lists its composition as follows:

    Chemical Analysis, Typical

    Chemical Percent

    SiO2………………………… 60.08%
    Al2O3……………………… 10.55%
    CaO………………………… 2.80%
    MgO………………………… 0.93%
    Na2O……………………… 1.91%
    K2O………………………… 1.64%
    Fe2O3……………………… 0.90%
    TiO2………………………… 0.21%
    MnO………………………… 0.03%
    P2O5………………………… 0.05%
    H2O + CO2……………… 25.29%
    + H2O……………………… 4.31%

    This is the MSDS o0f the produce you have hyperlinked above. Has it perhaps changed or am I missing something?

  8. I checked up ZEOMAX Garden Aid on amazon, it doesnt say anything about being 34-0-0 are you sure that it is?

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