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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16 suggestions on “How to make Tannerite, a legal compound under federal law.

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  2. Not likely, tannerite requires a high velocity impact to be detonated. I mean come on, there were a million things in that factory that could have caused the explosion, let alone a million and one things outside of the factory that could of been used in a much more effective manner.

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

  4. 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?

  5. I was thinking the same thing. If you click the link it is not 34-0-0

  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. 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

  8. any one ever find out if the zeolite is the right stuff?

  9. Is the Zeomax link correct? I do not want to buy the wrong stuff! Thanks

  10. The product has been replaced with Ammonium Nitrate Reagent ACS Crystals, which will have to be made into a fine powder for the compound to be effective as tannerite.

  11. So, the new stuff will still work, it just must be ground finer?

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. Thanks for the DYI tip on the cold packs martin. Very clever. :)

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