View Full Version : Question after reading thread regarding Accidental Discharge

June 14, 2009, 12:31 PM
Just completed reading the thread "Have you ever had an accidental discharge". As a new shooter, that is a great thread. It should be required reading.

In one post, the poster indicated that he had had a cookoff. Then other people started saying that it was a cookoff, not a hangfire.

What is a cookoff and what is a hangfire?

June 14, 2009, 12:38 PM
Premature ignition of ammunition by heat in the firing chamber, known as cook-off

And this is hang fire...
HANGFIRE. Ever hear that word before? It means a
delayed ignition of a cartridge after the primer is struck.
People that shoot old Mil-Surp ammo need to tattoo that
word into their brain.

June 14, 2009, 01:17 PM
great information.

June 19, 2009, 10:01 AM
Unless you have a full-auto, closed-bolt gun, you will likely never see a cook-off. Hang-fires are very rare as well.

Mr. James
June 19, 2009, 11:21 AM
Hang-fires are very rare as well.

. . . unless your shooting Paki .303 British!


June 19, 2009, 05:01 PM
unless you are shooting 8 mm lebel on MG strips
or jap 7.7 on strips.:rolleyes::confused::eek:

June 22, 2009, 05:46 PM
unless you are shooting 8 mm lebel on MG strips

Oh man, too cool! I got to shoot one original 8 mm Lebel round. I had loaded all my own from data I extrapolated from various sources. I think it was from WWI. It did indeed go click, wait for it, wait for it, bang!

June 22, 2009, 08:07 PM
I've been shooting on aregular basis since 1973, never experienced either. Squibs, yes, from poorly loaded reloads (my fault)