Sonic Boom Exploding Targets are to be used only as a shot indicator in conjunction with sporting firearms. Using Sonic Boom Exploding Targets for any other purpose is breaking the law and can cause injury when misused. Always read instructions & follow all safety guidelines. Check your Local County, State & Federal Regulation before purchasing & using in your area.
Sonic Boom Exploding Targets are legal in all 50 States, with restrictions that include but not limited to the following:
- Once mixed it is considered an explosive material so do not re-sell mixed product unless you are licensed to do so.
- Before use check your local, state, and federal regulations for areas approved for the use of this product.
- Once mixed it is considered an explosive material so you cannot transport it or store it without proper licensing (it must be mixed and shot on site).
Sonic Boom Exploding Targets are very safe when used as intended and the directions are followed. Once mixed it must be impacted with a high velocity round placed in the center or near center of the target to ignite the target. A shot in any side of the target will just rotate it or possibly might rip the jar causing contents to fall out, it is impossible to go off by trying to light it with a match or hitting it with a hammer or shooting it with a 9mm round. It takes roughly a 40 grain bullet traveling at 2200 FPS directly impacting it to guarantee success, anything slower or lighter could cause the target to not ignite. Failure to completely mix the catalyst and oxidizer in its entirely will cause a target not to ignite properly. Please mix well! Mixing all the contents in a sealable plastic bag is the fastest easiest way to mix.
Each target contains two components, a oxidizer and a catalyst which is pre-measured for each target and sealed in a bag on the outside of the jar. To prep the target for use (first read and ensure you understand all directions and safety instructions on the label of the target), simply open the target, remove the catalyst bag from the side of the target and dump the contents back into the jar. Seal the container back up, mix in a shaking / twisting motion for 60 to 90 seconds make sure all white prills are coated if you experience issues mixing the target use a plastic sealable bag as a faster way to mix. Place the target at a safe distance of 100+ yards and do not place target around objects that can become shrapnel. Then take aim and fire.
Always wear eye and ear protection when using exploding targets. Using this target other than intended might result in bodily injury, destruction of property and death. By mixing this target you release the producer and or distributor and or retailer of this product from any liability that would come from misuse of this product. And that you will comply with all local, state and federal rules and regulations concerning the use of exploding targets. Federal law states that after mixing a target you may not transport or store the target you must use it in a short time for sporting enjoyment only on site. Do not store at or above 100F or product will begin to solidify, not for human consumption.
Q: WHAT MAKES SONIC BOOM EXPLODING TARGETS THE SAFEST TO STORE?
Our targets are packaged in a way to provide the store owner, customer, and shipper the safest possible way to store, move and use our targets. When you read below, federal rules and regulations state, when the catalyst mixes with the Oxidizer you have created an explosive material. The way we are packaged there is no way that this can accidently occur before the customer is ready to use this target. We believe this is the only true way of making sure we are all abiding by all the laws set for before us by the federal government.
Q: WHAT MAKES SONIC BOOM EXPLODING TARGETS BETTER THAN THE REST?
We have taken our time researched and custom built our targets to perform in a way that far exceeds all our competitors to date. The ingredients are the same basic compounds of all other rifle exploding targets out there, there are no new items and it’s basically an old British replacement for TNT used in the early 1900s and now adapted for sport shooting. We have just found the best possible combination and sources for raw products available to date. This gives us the best target out there and we would know, we have shot them ALL. We are avid shooters and there isn’t a day we don’t want to take our sniper rifles out and test what we can do with them. We honestly became bored with long distance shooting because of the report of steel at 300-800 yards is nowhere near as cool as an exploding target. These targets have re-energized sport shooting for us and we do it better with more passion than most. We feel safety is number one and want to avoid accidents at all cost; we test and test and test again. We are constantly striving to create something bigger and better than our last product.
Q: WHAT MAKES SONIC BOOM EXPLODING TARGETS LEGAL WITH ALL REGULATIONS AROUND EXPLOSIVES?
Link to the ATF Federal Explosives Law and Regulations, please click here.
Excerpt from page 61 regarding black powder
15. IS BLACK POWDER SUBJECT TO REGULATION UNDER FEDRAL EXPLOSIVES LAWS?
Black powder is an explosive material for purposes of Federal explosives laws and regulations. However, the law exempts from regulation commercially manufactured black powder in quantities not exceeding 50 pounds (as well as percussion caps, safety and pyrotechnic fuses, quills, quick and slow matches, and friction primers) intended to be used solely for sporting, recreational or cultural purposes in antique firearms as defined in 18 U.S.C.
92 1(a)(1 6) or in antique devices exempted from the term “destructive device” in 18 U.S.C. 92 l(a)(4). However, persons engaged in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in black powder in any quantity must have a Federal explosives license. [18 U.S.C. 841(c). 841(d), 845(a)(5); 27 CFR 555.11:
Excerpt from Page 62 regarding binary explosives
17. ARE BINARY EXPLOSIVES SUBJECT TO REGULATION UNDER FEDRAL EXPLOSIVES LAW?
Until the compounds are mixed, they are not classified as explosives and, therefore, are not subject to control. However once mixed, binary explosives re “explosive materials” and re subject to all applicable Federal requirements. A person who mixes or combines compounds of binary explosives for the purpose of sale or distribution or for the person’s own businessuse is a “manufacturer” of explosive materials and must be licensed as a manufacturer under the law. [13 U.S.C. 341(h); 27 CFE. 555.1::
Excerpt from Page 65 regarding mixing binary explosives
48. IS A MANUFACTURER’S LICENSE REQUIRED TO ACQUIRE AND MIX BINARY EXLOSIVES?
If the individual purchasing the binary explosives is engaged in the business of manufacturing explosives, i.e., mixes and uses them in the operation of a commercial business (for example, operating a quarry.; or providing the service of removing stumps or boulders from a farm field), then a manufacturer’s license is required.
An individual farmer who merely wishes to mix the binary explosives to remove obstacles from his field and provides no other outside service would not need a manufacturer’s license. Please note, however: 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 CEE 555.26,
This is the ATF’s law book and what makes the use of Sonic Boom Exploding Targets legal.
All information is subject to change and we will attempt to keep the public informed of any new changes in law. If you have any doubts about the legality of exploding targets in your area, please contact your local sheriff’s department.
Link to the ATF Federal Explosives Law and Regulations, please click here.