Primers are small metal cups that are filled with some high explosive compounds. The shooters often define it as akin to the match, which lights the powder at the cartridge’s tail while initiating the procedure, which sends along with the bullet along the merry way or to the spark of the spark plug in the cylinder of the motor, which ignites the compact blend of air and fuel. This is stuck by the firing pin or the hammer, and it ignites when stuck. And when the primer ignites, it can shoot a high-strength flame through a flash hole (this hole is located between the case interior and the primer pocket) that burns the powder charge. The primers are available in the bricks of 1000 (10 packs of 100) or the packs of 100.
The main ingredients in the primer compounds often vary from one company to another. But the common formulas are remarkably stable over the period. This is mainly because the ammo makers as well as the customers are stubbornly unwilling for tinkering with any recipe, which is different from the tried and tested ones.
The primers need to be consistent. If they fail to pop off when they are hit by the firing pin no matter how greasy and dirt the ignition system or how cold the temperature is, the shooters become very unforgiving and cranky. Burning the powder charge, even at the cost of other vital outcomes like accuracy, is the prime directive of the primer.
Regardless of the traditional bent, the primer technology experiences a big revolution right now. While recently there are some hoopla about the latest and high-performance powders, bullets, and protection brass, another member of the cartridge quartet has also gone through some great developments.
What are the parameters of pistol primers?
There are several important parameters that you have to check when purchasing both small and large pistol primers. These include:
- The size of the primer (small, large): Some of the cartridges require small pistol primer (38 special, 357 magnum, 9mm, etc.) while some cartridges need large pistol primer (44 magnum, 44 special, 45acp, etc.) Based on the cartridges that you are planning to reload, it is important to purchase the right-sized primer for the application.
- Hardness: This point refers to the total amount of force needed to burn the primer. While some primers are harder, some are softer, and some fall in between. So, if your handgun has a modified or lightened action or trigger, you may take the help of softer primers.
- Type of primer (multipurpose, magnum, regular): The type of primer is the indication of the total intensity of the primer flame. The magnum loads need more activation energy as there is a lot more powder to be burned. On the other hand, non-magnum loads like 38 special only need a small flame for igniting the powder charge properly. In several cases, the primer is formulated to work with both magnum and regular loads.
What makes small pistol primers better?
The ammunition manufacturers continue to look for methods to improve the product qualities. This thing plays a major role in the move towards the smaller primers. So, here are the things that make small pistol primers better:
As small primers use a lesser amount of lead styphnate and other deadly materials in manufacturing, they have a lesser environmental impact.
Small primers mostly keep the prices of ammunition affordable
These primers offer improved safety for the shooters. Often dealing with a large amount of ammunition can result in the build-up of an unhealthy level of lead in the blood.