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delayed ignition after failure to fire.

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    delayed ignition after failure to fire.

    In case of a failure to fire, one of the recommended safety precautions I have seen is to keep the gun pointed down range in case of a delayed ignition of the primer. Now I do not dispute the fact that you should always point the gun down range.

    But has anybody ever had this happen?

    For defensive shooting, I consider it best practice to do a rack/tap drill if you happen to have a failure to fire during practice. But it would violate this safety precaution as the round could ignite as you rack the slide, or later as it is sitting on the ground.
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    I've never had it happen, but it sounds pretty scary. Generally a tap/rack kind of guy myself, I'd sure hate to have a FTF and get me or someone else hurt because of it.
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    I had a delayed ignition with a Mosin Nagant shooting some 7.62 x 54R out of a 1950's tuna-can of ammo. Took about three seconds (according to bystanders) - it felt like it took much longer.
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    It could happen, but to be honest I have never seen it myself. With very old ammo, this would be a good idea, with modern ammo likely redundant.

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    A round that goes off outside of a chamber/barrel is more of a pop than a bang. The bullet doesn't really get up much velocity just being popped out of the case like that. It might hurt if you were holding it in your hand or something, but generally I wouldn't worry about it.

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    The only time I had it happen is with a .44 caliber 1860 Colt Army revolver. Had about a two second delay from the hammer striking the percussion cap to the firing of the gun. Very scary...held on to that thing pointed at the target for what seemed like 10 minutes.
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