Can a handgun fire when racking it?

Can a handgun fire when racking it?

This is a discussion on Can a handgun fire when racking it? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Just wondering if you have ever heard of a gun going bang when cocking it..........without a trigger pull....

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    Can a handgun fire when racking it?

    Just wondering if you have ever heard of a gun going bang when cocking it..........without a trigger pull.


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    Yes if the firing pin has been lodged forward.

    Think open bolt machine gun

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    Whats the best way to check so you don't shoot the cat by mistake?

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    Sorry, thinking of the scene from Boondock Saints...

    Just make sure your firing pin isn't sticking out of the hole, inspect your firing pin when cleaning. Stuff like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skystud1 View Post
    Whats the best way to check so you don't shoot the cat by mistake?
    not aiming it at the cat is a good start.

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    Jennings 22, pull rack back, let go.BANG mom's mirror gone.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    not aiming it at the cat is a good start.


    Cat. The other white meat.

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    Get some soft snap caps with undamaged soft primers. Load the magazine, rack the slide. Check the snap cap, if the primer is obviously dented after racking the slide without pulling the trigger, then maybe the firing pin is badly placed or the firing pin snaps forward.

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    Check this out...

    http://www.coolgunsite.com/funcheck/function.htm

    Not sure if it's useful to ya, but it's a "sticky" on the "Concealed Carry Guns" thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Sorry, thinking of the scene from Boondock Saints...

    Just make sure your firing pin isn't sticking out of the hole, inspect your firing pin when cleaning. Stuff like that.
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    Yep... known by many as the "slam-fire". I have seen a few on AR15 type rifles but just only a couple of weeks ago witnessed a handgun slamfire. A friend and I were out shooting and when he inserted the magazine he sling-shotted (if that's a word) the slide and bang. Dirt and little pebbles of rocks went flying everywhere. Luckily I choose my shooting partners wisely and he had enough disipline to have the weapon pointed somewhat downrange and not at his big toe or worse.
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    I had a lovely slam-fire when shooting a guy's dirty Ruger Mark I. The firing pin was glued forward with grime. Guy looked at me like it was my fault. At least it was pointed in a safe direction.

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    skystud, you would be best served by a gunsmithing course relating to your weapon(s) of choice! I'm entirely serious, I don't worry too much about mechanical failures, since I do my own maintenance and detail cleaning. Not to say it can't happen, and I do follow safe handling, but its akin to the surety you feel, stepping into a car(or plane?) you know will run for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skystud1 View Post
    Whats the best way to check so you don't shoot the cat by mistake?
    Isn't it in the rules DO NOT EVER point a gun at something you do not want to see destroyed. ie don't point the gun at the cat and the cat won't get shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skystud1 View Post
    Whats the best way to check so you don't shoot the cat by mistake?
    Good aim the first time, perhaps?
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