Originally Posted by hareebrownbeest
What's a hang fire? Thanks for your knowledge, I was worried and glad I posted this. I got the ammo at a local gun show.
Hang fire can happen when you get click instead of bang. The primer hit starts the primer, but for whatever reason, the primer starts a slow burn on the powder. The slow powder burn may generate enough heat to make rest of the powder go bang several seconds after the trigger pull
If you get a click instead of a bang, stay in control of the gun, keep it aimed downrange and wait. Then wait some more. 30 seconds or so will seem like all week, but wait anyway. Do not eject the round immediately, it could be in the process of going bang slowly!
A buddy had some reloaded .50S&W ammo for a very large handgun. Something was wrong with the reloads and we got a hang fire about every third round or so. Most of the time the result was more like a fizzle. It pushed the bullet about 1-2 inches down the barrel and stopped.
The moral of this story is: If you have a hang fire, DO NOT LOAD ANOTHER ROUND! Clear the weapon and make sure the barrel is actually clear.