Primer strike

Primer strike

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    Primer strike

    This came to me while reading another thread where there is concern over a bullet being carried in a pocket having the primer struck by ? and going off.


    My question is, how hard does a primer need to be struck to go off?


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    Think about having your thumb under the falling hammer on a revolver. About that hard with a semi-pointed object.
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    It takes a pretty good whack to set one off. The odds of going off in your pocket are pretty remote. Maybe if you fell down the stairs with a pocket full of sharp objects, but then the round in your pocket would be the least of your problems.
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    Actually primers require a significant cincentrated impact to set them off. To give you an idea how hard a firing pin strikes, put a pencil, eraser first, down the barrel of an unloaded semi auto. Point it at the ceiling and pull the trigger. That pencil will not only clear the gun, it will probably strike the ceiling. When you consider the fact that the pencil isn't locked in place like the cartridge would be, it's a pretty substantial whallop.
    If you look closely at ammo, you'll notice the primer is slightly recessed, not flush with the base, which provides it additional protection from unintended impact.
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