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“blackdiesel”Most tanks in the US are made by either Luxfer and Structural Composites Industries (SCI) and commissioned by the name brands you see.  The tanks commissioned by companies like Scott, Survivair and others that are used for firefighting and emergency response are held to very high specifications.  Civilian companies must meet standards of the National Fire Protection which are stricter than DOT.  Military and Federal Government agencies must meet OSHA standards, which again, are stricter than DOT.  So I feel comfortable getting tanks that met these standards because they are far and above more stringent than anything airgunners will ever subject them to.  


And yet all the tanks in the US are required to have the same inspection and re-certification requirements.  To your point about what we airgunners might subject a tank to, I would actually point out, most of the CF tanks you mention above are used for breathing air.  Most breathing air compressors are producing GRADE D and GRADE E quality air.  Unless you have an approved qualified filtration system on your compressor and have your air quality tested you can not be sure you are not putting MOISTURE inside your tank every time you fill it.  So YES, we airgunners might actually be putting our CF tanks through more abuse than say firefighters or emergency responders.  MOISTURE is your tanks worst enemy.  Granted we are not taking our tanks into burning buildings (unlike Ted) (or burnt buildings in his case), we are still possibly taking risks with our compressors filling these tanks.  Just so you know, the Grade D and E air is about 2% to 4% humidity, thus removing most of the moisture from the compressed air. (not to mention the impurities). 

IT’s simple, get your tanks certified and tested and we all can enjoy this sport and keep it safe.  Bless you all and happy shooting.