Manitoba Hunter Safety Course

 

Misfires, Hangfires, and Squib Loads

Misfire

This occurs when the trigger is pulled and the firearm does not fire. It's caused either by a weak firing pin or a defective primer that fails to ignite the powder charge.

Hangfire

This occurs when the trigger is pulled and the firearm is delayed in firing. It's caused by a temporary failure of the primer to ignite the powder charge.

Squib Load or "Pop Fire"

This occurs when the trigger is pulled and you hear only a slight pop and do not feel any recoil. It is usually caused by not having a powder charge in the cartridge or shotshell.

When any of these occur, keep the muzzle of the firearm pointed in a safe direction. Wait about 60 seconds, unload the firearm and take it to a gunsmith for inspection and repair.

Wait 30 Seconds


 
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