Just how much power does a primer actually have?

Slow motion footage can bring the real power to light.

Check out in slow motion these primers being detonated and the power they contain.

I once heard a story of a guy working at an ammunition company way back when. He was carrying a metal bucket of cartridge primers. As he walked he shook the pail and marveled at the interesting noise it made. It was all fine and dandy until the primers detonated and killed the man.

Was the above story true? While I am not sure the power of even a single cartridge primer is quite impressive. Remember a .22 CB cartridge is only powered by the primer solution in the rim. Now that is food for thought.

This video by YouTuber Warped Perception we witness various primers get detonated. It is recorded in slow motion and is very interesting and mind opening to watch.

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