White Thunder Exploding Target Review

Posted: July 3, 2014 in Product Reviews, Shooting
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I have a spotting socpe and, like many other shooters, admit to a feeling of accomplishment when I look through the scope and see a small, on-target group.  What could be better?

Well, you know the answer to that question.  A target that explodes on impact!  Yes, the ultimate reward for a well-placed shot.

I’ve seen Tannerite go off before and I heard that White Thunder was more powerful.  In fact, it’s advertised as 4X more powerful, so I had to give it a try.  For the sake of science, of course 🙂

Fortunately, there were willing participants at Fusion Tactical Range who were equally interested in a ‘scientific’ evaluation, so this was one of the easiest product reviews I’ve ever performed.  Since the mixing process is pretty straightforward, my primary question was what makes a good container?

First, we tried some approximately 2x2x2″ plastic containers with a red top.  The red top was easy to see through a scope at 100 yards, but it was cumbersome to place on the berm.  Near misses caused the target to tumble or wobble and I actually clipped it on the edge with one shot.  The White Thunder failed to detonate and the target fell down to the bottom of the berm.  #fail.

One of the Fusion RSO’s had the best idea.  It’s simple and works great, especially during the summer.  Go to the store and buy your favorite soft drink in a long-neck plastic bottle, say 12 or 16oz.  After you finish, allow the bottle to completely dry.  Humidity is Kryptonite for White Thunder.

After mixing the White Thunder at the range, fill the bottle about halfway or 3/4 at most and pack the rest of the bottle with dirt.  Turn the bottle upside-down and place it in the dirt.  The target is easy to see at distance and it maintains its position and orientation on near misses.

A hit rewards you with this.



Unfortunately, I did not catch the flash and can not convey the way-cool BOOM that accompanied the impact.  White Thunder is clearly stronger than Tannerite and it only took one hit to convince me to make this the official exploding target of Texas Gun Show Review 🙂

The product is sold at most north Texas Gun Shows (you can probably get some at Ft. Worth this weekend) in one-pound bags.  This should be good for two incredible hits using the bottle method described above.  You can stretch it out to three or four by using smaller bottles.

Now, we have to close on some safety and general usage issues.

1) Use rifle rounds that impact at 2000fps or higher.

2) Do not mix the material until you are at the range and keep the White Thunder in a cool, dry place until you are ready to transport it to the range.  And, please check range rules about such targets first 🙂

3) Transport White Thunder in its original, wrapped bag in a closed bag or other container.  I’d love to see a YoutTube video of someone explaining that ‘white bag in the back seat’ to an officer during a routine traffic stop.

4) Use White Thunder one or two bags at a time.  I asked a couple officers how they would feel about someone having a binary explosive in their car, even something bagged, marked, un-mixed, and that could only be detonated with a rifle round.  Their response was ‘nervous.’  If the rifle was in the vehicle, it was only one bag, your record was clean, and you did not give off any bad behavioral indicators, you would probably be okay.  In fact, the officer might want to go to the range with you.  If you look even slightly nervous or had more than two bags, you are probably going to get a visit from either the drug-sniffing dog or some not-very-nice government types.

5) The bullet impact serves as a catalyst to ignite fuel and oxidizer in a mix that naturally tends to remain inert. A recent Mythbusters episode showed that other types of impact could achieve an explosion.  So, once again, please do not mix the materials until you are at the range and place them immediately in the proper container.  Then, have fun 🙂

7) Do not place the target in the vicinity of anything that could create shrapnel on a target impact.

8) White Thunder is not supposed to start fires, but exercise caution.  Place the target on dirt and away from dead grass or any flammable material.

Thanks for spending part of your day with Texas Gun Show Review.

– Diligencia, Vis, Celeritas



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