I reckon that red stuff is woodmeal. (Small darker brown lumps). Raw saltpetre (Hence the lumps), and a little BP. Also some red gum or Accaroide resin.
It was a solid lump in the tube - it is only semi-powdered in the picture because I had to chip it out with a wooden dowel.
Because of its solid, crystaline condition, I would go with raw saltpetre & red gum - with the B.P. mixed in to ensure it keeps burning. The red gum (or other resin) would certainly account for its rock hard state. But even with the B.P., would red gum alone be enough of a fuel for the saltpetre? Just going by its appearance, I dont think there is any woodmeal.
Edit - Sorry Mortartube - on closer inspection you may be right! - There may be very finely powdered wood meal mixed in!
By anychance is the delay comp of the unit touching the touchpaper for initial ignition?
If you mean the report unit - no. The delay in the report unit is lit by the B.P. lift charge as it fires.
Edited by Rip Rap, 27 May 2009 - 11:41 AM.