Let There be Light

For those who have worked manufacturing explosives at Boomershoot.  You already know how miserable the elements can make that situation.  Even at the end of April, snow and sleet are not unheard of, high winds are common, and it can make manufacturing just down right miserable.

Well yesterday we took delivery of the new manufacturing facility and put it in place. 


Joe oversaw the delivery of the container.  It took us a bit of figuring out of how to get it in place so we could finish leveling it properly.  After the containers was put in it’s temporary location we headed to town for lunch.  We had some other business to take care of in tow (which I’m sure Joe will explain later).  Let’s just say yesterday murphy’s law was in full force.

Ry learned that the High-Lift jack wasn’t stable enough to lift the container so we could move the tie’s.  The first time we lifted it, it shifted about a foot to the left.  At that point we hooked it up to the blade of the dozer and used the dozer to lift it.  Lastly we resorted to my floor jack for the finesse changes for height. 

At this point we began the task of moving material between the Taj and Mecca.  Some people often ask me why I have a full size truck with a long bed.  This is why!


Twenty five, 50 lbs. bags of Ammonium Nitrate and the 55 gallon drum of Potassium Chlorate weren’t just going to move themselves.  Once we dropped those off I went back for the tables.  While gone Joe got some other interior work done.  When I arrived back he said, “Let there be light.”  And there was light!


That’s right the side of the container is wired with outlets and lights to aid in manufacturing.  The good news is for those who help make this stuff, no more standing in the wet and cold!

By the end of the day we were all exhausted.  It was in the high 80’s out there most of the time and all of the work was labor intensive.  But come spring it will all be worth it.  Janelle is all giddy about not having to freeze and become soaking wet while making explosives. 

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About Barron

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.

2 Responses to Let There be Light

  1. Tango ognaT says:

    Well, I can’t blame Janelle!  It was cold!

    Joe’s trying to spoil us…  Looks like this next year I can bring the laptop in and throw on some tunes.   Ohhhhhhh yeah!

    • There’s some other stuff going on in the background.  Joe can fill you in when you’re out here.  Let’s just say this was “planned” but no where near this soon from what I heard this weekend.