ballistite


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ballistite

[′bal·ə‚stīt]
(materials)
A smokeless propellant containing nitrocellulose and nitroglycerin; used in some rocket, mortar, and small-arms ammunition.
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In 1888, Alfred Nobel took smokeless powder production to a new plateau by using nitroglycerin to gelatinize nitrocellulose, thereby producing a new commercial smokeless powder named "Ballistite." The effect of the nitroglycerin was to increase the energy of the powder.
Two variants, the Polish PMK-DGN-60 and Yugoslav M70B1/AB2 have gas cutoffs to permit firing rifle grenades with ballistite (blank) cartridges.
The position marked "GR" diverts all gas into the system into the totally unlikely case in which you are firing blank (ballistite) cartridges to launch rifle grenades that are not of the bullet trap-type.