The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Handguns: The Revolver Forum

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old July 6, 2005, 01:49 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: September 6, 2000
Posts: 519
Misfire question (how long on a slow primer?)

Common safety instruction is to keep a gun pointed at the target after a misfire in case of a slow primer. A commonly cited advantage of the revolver is to simply pull the trigger to cycle to the next round in case of a misfire. What happens when these two events collide (you cycle to the next round- in a rapid fire or defense situation- but your misfired round goes off)? Is it likely or even possible? Just how slow can a slow primer be?
PaladinX13 is offline  
Old July 6, 2005, 03:19 PM   #2
Join Date: January 25, 2005
Posts: 98
Of course that can happen. Misfires aren't that common, though. In 99% of all cases the primer wasn't hit hard enough.

After a misfire you have to wait at least 10 seconds, some advice to wait for 30 seconds..

What would happen in a revolver? Most probably you would cycle the round 1 or 2 chambers in counter-clock direction at S&W. That means if your round goes of the bullet would hit the frame. But not fully, only at the edge. The barrel's forcing cone isn't there, too. So the distance to the frame would be larger and pressure way lower. I don't know the internal ballistics, but I guess even so low that the powder burns totally different and gives you much less energy..
Most probably your gun would be damaged but not so much damaged that you are wounded. IMO it is totally unlikely to loose a hand in such a case.
kojak is offline  
Old July 6, 2005, 03:30 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: March 14, 2005
Location: Concord, NH
Posts: 2,723
It doesn't sound much different than a chain fire in a cap and ball revolver. It could potentially be a problem if the round makes it all the way to the bottom position before going off, where it would hit the frame head on. Generally I wouldn't worry about it as long as you keep the revolver pointed in a safe direction.
ATW525 is offline  
Old July 6, 2005, 03:47 PM   #4
Capt. Charlie
Join Date: March 24, 2005
Location: Steubenville, OH
Posts: 4,419
I've only seen 2 hangfires in my life, and both went off in less than two seconds from hammer strike.
TFL Members are ambassadors to the world for firearm owners. What kind of ambassador does your post make you?

I train in earnest, to do the things that I pray in earnest, I'll never have to do.

--Capt. Charlie
Capt. Charlie is offline  
Old July 6, 2005, 08:59 PM   #5
Join Date: February 12, 2001
Location: DFW Area
Posts: 20,909
At the range, why take the chance. Leave it pointed downrange for 30 seconds. It's not going to cost you anything significant.
Did you know that there is a TEXAS State Rifle Association?
JohnKSa is offline  
Old July 6, 2005, 09:19 PM   #6
Sir William
Senior Member
Join Date: October 13, 2004
Posts: 3,261
I am aware of one failure to ignite that waited until a shooter left the range. He almost lost his right hand. Right thumb is decorative only. He was loading his range bag into his car and about to leave the range. I suggest a full minute and then unload.
Sir William is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:04 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2017 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.05161 seconds with 7 queries