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What Does Hang Fire Mean?


How to Shoot Fast & Accurately  

The Gun Digest Book Of Concealed Carry


Hang fire is when you pull the trigger to fire a gun, but the gun takes a few seconds to go off. It does not go off immediately. Old, outdated or defective primers are the cause of most hang fires. The primer is struck by the firing pin but the primer does not detonate immediately. A few seconds may elapse before the primer goes off and ignites the gunpowder to propel the bullet through the barrel. When you experience a hang fire it is recommended to wait at least 10 seconds before opening the breach to investigate (while keeping the barrel pointed down range).




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