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The Dangers of the Hangfire – Also Known as “Don’t Look Down a Gun Barrel”

A “hangfire” is a type of firearm malfunction that can be quite dangerous when the four rules of firearm safety are not followed. A hangfire occurs when the powder is slow to ignite and goes off after a delay. Hangfires can go off with near full force after a short delay, or go off with limited force causing a “squib,” which is when the bullet travels part way down the barrel and get stuck.

So when you pull the trigger and nothing happens, keep the gun pointed in a safe direction and be ready for it to go off anyways. Do not do what this guy does and look down the barrel – heck, don’t look down the barrel at any time unless the gun is disassembled for cleaning.

Looking down the barrel of a shotgun on a hangfire

Know what a hangfire is and abide by the rules of gun safety.

I’m going to say it again: don’t ever look down the barrel of an assembled firearm.

Here’s the video – you can hear the click, but there’s no bang. That’s what you need to pay attention to.

While it is a staged/fake video for educational purposes, it still is useful to learn from.

Brian Purkiss
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Brian Purkiss is a Christian, husband, competitive shooter, firearms instructor, proponent for individual liberty and Second Amendment rights, and a web developer. He primarily focues on USPSA and Run & Gun competitions, but enjoys most other forms of shooting competitions as well.


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