About hang fires -

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by VThillman, Aug 24, 2017.

  1. VThillman

    VThillman Active Member

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    I just got around to reading some of the 'extra' paper that came with a Hi-Point carbine last year. "Hang fires and how to avoid them". I'm going to just quote the main text, because there is nothing to skim over.

    "It is generally accepted that commercial ammunition (no matter how old) is high quality and cannot fail. Experienced gun people know better. Any ammo can be 'spoiled' by subjecting it to changes in temperature. These fluctuations cause moisture to enter around the primer pocket and condense in the powder in the flash hole. This is dangerous for semi-automatic and full-automatic weapons because when the primer is set off, instead of igniting the powder charge, it is interrupted by the wet powder in the flash hole. The primer has enough back pressure to open the slide or bolt and then the powder charge is set off with the breach open, releasing great pressure inside the rifle or pistol. The result can be damage to the magazine, frame or even the slide or bolt.

    Nearly all of this can be avoided by simply shaking the ammo to move the damp powder out of the flash hole, allowing the cartridge to function normally.

    SHAKE YOUR AMMO!"

    Damp powder in the flash hole. Shucks, that goes back to flintlock days, but I never made the connection.
     
  2. Oldhand

    Oldhand AKA Rawhidekid! Lifetime Supporter

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    Shaking your ammo is a new one on me.:cool:
     

  3. Tommycourt

    Tommycourt Tommycourt

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    I have never heard of that before. That's news to me!

    Tommy
     
  4. buster40c

    buster40c Well-Known Member

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    Learn something new today. I usually smack the magazine to make sure the ammo seats in the mag anyway. I guess that should shake the flash hole clear.
     
  5. MagBlackhawk

    MagBlackhawk Patriot

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    Shake my ammo? :confused:
    Well OK but people at the range are gonna give me some funny looks...




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  6. Tommycourt

    Tommycourt Tommycourt

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    You mean to tell the that they don't give you funny looks now? Is that something new?:jawdrop:
    Tommy
     
  7. spikedriver

    spikedriver Active Member

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    "Shaking your ammo" sounds like an innuendo from an old blues song...
     
  8. VThillman

    VThillman Active Member

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    I dunno buster; That slam is toward the primer; the powder in the flash hole ain't leaving that way. Maybe slam your ammo then shake it?

    Jeez, there's that blues song again. Also, when the 'rest' interval behind the deuce-and-a-half was over, some NCO would yell at us to shake it, PC was over. Ah, the memories.
     
  9. nickndfl

    nickndfl Active Member

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    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xbtlW16Gts"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xbtlW16Gts[/ame]
     
  10. squirrelhunter

    squirrelhunter Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I wonder if that's where the phrase "shake it baby" came from?? :D