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Have you ever had a round go off after a misfire?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by infuriatednoodle, May 17, 2011.

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  1. infuriatednoodle

    infuriatednoodle Member

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    Hey guys, went to the range the other day and unfortunately I got tons of bad primers from Winchester loads I picked up the other day. This got me thinking, have you ever experienced a round go off after a misfire with or without "cooking" it in the chamber or also known as "hangfire"?
     
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  2. scythefwd

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    Yes. I get fires all the time on rimfire with a second strike and a rotate. I've only had a couple no fires on primers, and I suspect the first hit seated them, the second went bang. It's the reason I require sa/da on my carry semi-autos.
     
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    I believe you are referring to what I would call a "hangfire". When there is a delayed firing of the cartridge after being struck by the firing pin only one time.
    I have never had this happen to me but am very interested in what other folks have to say.
     
  4. osteodoc08

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    Are you more referring to a hang fire or one that goes bang on the second strike? I've never personally experienced or seen a hang fire, but have had several go boom on a second strike, more commonly on rim fires.
     
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    I see showmebob beat me to the same question one minute earlier. Dang typing skills....
     
  6. M-Cameron

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    i was always taught that if you get a misfire.....leave it in the chamber for 10 seconds before extracting it.....if it doesnt fire in that time, chances are good its not going to go off.....
     
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    What M-Cameron said was standard practice at the rifle range at the BSA Camps I went to.
     
  8. scythefwd

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    I've had one hang fire in my M16. Went off about 3 seconds later, I never bothered trying to use a round twice at the qual ranges.
     
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    Got hangfires with a few batches of British .303 surplus. Klick, one Mississippi, two Mississippi, BOOM! Teaches one follow through about as well as shooting a flintlock. First time is scary, especially if you are reaching for the bolt handle to eject the "misfire". :what:
     
  10. Yo Mama

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    Yup, surplus 8mm. It sucks, happened like every 5 rounds. Got rid of the Mauser because I was spending to much on Federal (which worked).

    However, this is why you wait 45 seconds to see if it's safe before you unload the gun.
     
  11. One-Time

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    Not on a round I didnt try to re-fire, which is good as I have a bad habit(for the range anyway) that as soon as I have a misfire, if i dont catch myself i instinctively 'tap rack ready':eek:
     
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    If a hangfire round goes off outside the barrel, the bullet won't go far but the case acts like a rocket. It is when the round goes off with the bolt unlocked or partially open one learns why the "safety nazis" harp on wearing eye protection and one wishes then one had listened to those annoying nags!
     
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    Same here. In my case it was POF .303 ammo. After the first couple hangfires I got used to it.

    It really is helpful for follow through.
     
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    My wife took our friend to the range plinking with .380 and 22lr. She saw a misfire with friends 22 and said, "point it downrange for 30 seconds".

    About 5 seconds later and it went off.

    I had always thought it was probably nonsense, but have taught my wife ALL safety lessons I've ever learned.

    It was an eye-opener, and I feel fortunate I've never had one pop in a revolver cylinder, because I hadn't been following my own advice!
     
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    Yes. A few times, mostly with 22LR. Fortunately my dad was VERY big on safety, so thanks to him I knew enough to keep the gun pointed downrange for a few minutes after I had a misfire.
     
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    Never.
     
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    Many years ago I fired some WWII vintage Frankford Arsenal .45 ACP, berdan primed stuff, some didn't go bang some did. Numerous hang fires, however none longer than about half a second. Great flinch training.
     
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    In 20 years of competing, and tens of thousands of rounds; I've never had it happen or seen it happen, but I know it can.
     
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    Yup, I had a few bona-fide hangfires with 'subgun' 7.62x25 surplus in my CZ 52. Click.....BANG. Freaky, yet interesting.
     
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    I have only had this happen a few times with really old military surplus. The delay was only a second but a few never went off. Before opening the bolt I waited a good 30 seconds then gave the rifle a couple of solid whacks with the heel of my hand to make sure the dented primer would not fire upon opening.
     
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    1980's Romanian 7.62x54R. It had about six seconds between the click and the bang.
     
  23. Heretic

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    Yea. Winchester .22. Waited 15 seconds, then kicked out the dud. Went off before it hit the ground. Scared the hell out of me.
     
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    I bought some 357 reloads at a mom and pop sporting goods store. They were in a glass jar and I bought them individually. This is when I first started shooting. Circa ~1971.

    Two were hangfires. I dropped the hammer. Nothing happened. Then there was a hiss. Then the round went off.
     
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    Notice a pattern here? Surplus ammo and old ammo, especially old surplus ammo, seems to be where most occur.
     
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