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« on: October 08, 2017, 06:47:36 AM »

Help please. A friend has some Rapiers that will not fire. Is there a problem with recent batches, or have they maybe got damp? Do the electric igniters do better?
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2017, 06:58:49 AM »

I find that it helps to stick a thin drill bit up the nozzle and rotate to chip away some powder. I use a pin vice to hold the bit. This helps with ignition.
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2017, 10:20:45 AM »

Recent batches? Aren't they all at least ten years old?
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2017, 10:40:23 AM »

Mine are over 10 years old, kept in whatever the prevailing atmosphere as my work area which is in the house proper, are they still probably trash?
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2017, 12:13:06 PM »

Thanks all. They were available in the UK until recently if you knew the right people but I now gather there was a bad batch. Older ones should be ok if kept somewhere warm and dry for a few weeks.
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