The onset of the midpressure extinction of certain formulations (termed matrixes) of ammonium perchlorate (AP) of monomodal particle size distribution and hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene binder, in the pressure range around 2-5 MPa, is examined. These matrixes, besides being tested in isolation, have been included in between AP laminas to form sandwiches and mixed with coarse AP particles to form high solids-loading (87.5%) non-aluminized propellants. The burning rates of the sandwiches show abnormal trends with pressure such as low or negative exponents in ranges corresponding to the onset of the midpressure extinction of their respective matrixes. The propellants exhibit this behavior to a lesser degree. Quenched surfaces (self-extinguished or intentionally interrupted during burning) of all the three types of samples were analyzed using a scanning electron microscope, and the burning history of the samples was captured with a high-speed digital camera. The results indicate the prevalence of intermittent burning of the matrixes as the pressure is varied across the boundary between continuous burning and self-extinction (burn/ no-burn boundary) of the matrixes. The burning surfaces are marked by extreme three dimensionality coupled with a redistribution of the fine AP particles and the binder. The observations are explained based on the combined effects of the need for the AP particles and the binder to accumulate relative to each other on the burning surface depending on the difference in their pyrolysis rates and the existence of the binder in a molten state on the burning surface.