Old as Dirt!
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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Most communities have a hazardous waste disposal program that will accept and discard old flares and fire works. On the matter of whether to keep them, I asked a CG officer about it during a safety presentation at our club a few years ago and his response was that it was up to me so long as I had an adaquate supply of up-to-date flares.
Note, however, that one of the flare manufacturers recently had a blurb concerning old flares expanding somewhat which may cause the shells to become lodged in the firing chamber. I have also seen the brass ends of percussion caps from old flares become lodged on the firing pin of a 25mm flare pistol which, of course, prevents subsequent shells from firing. Accordingly, we do not retain flares more than 6 years old although, short of the mis-fires described above, I have never had any that failed to work.
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