Slightly off topic, but just a couple of points on the 12ga flares. They are not suitable as a defensive weapon, and really are marginal as an emergency
Originally Posted by lorenzo b
any charge that will loft a flare 3000 ft into the sky is going to mess you up at 5 ft
A 12ga flare is doing well to go 30' in the air, and could only reach 3,000' if fired from the top of a 2,970' mountain.
A brand new one, on a windless day with lots of luck may go 45' but hang time is pretty short. They rely on a 12ga primer to launch, and do not come out of the barrel with much force.
THey really are pretty wimpy, I have fired many of them. I would not recommend firing one at someone and expecting it to do much more then cause them to become violent. Hitting someone in the eye would hurt, but it is unlikely you would be able to aim that accurately.
It would be worth anyone's time to fire off some old ones, of course, not near water
where they could cause a false emergency
response (unlikely). I suspect you will be surprised at how unimpressive they are. Someone here did some pretty in depth research
on them and came to the same conclusion.
The 25mm flares are more likely to be seen, the 12ga just meet the requirement and (IMHO)give a false sense of security
. SOLAS flares are reportedly much more likely to be seen in a real rescue
also, your other post;
Ever get hit in the face at close range by a 12 ga parachute flare?
The Coast Guard insists that you have three on board.
The 12ga flares do not have parachutes.
Where else do you plan to stop?
I plan to fly down to St Vincent next week, pick up a sailboat, and sail from St Vincent up to Florida.
are pretty gun friendly, maybe listing your intended stops will help folks to better help you.