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Definition of Hang fire

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delay, wait
Hang fire Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
A malfunction that causes an undesired delay in the functioning of a firing system.
  
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Hang fire Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
"Hang Fire" is a song by rock and roll band The Rolling Stones from their 1981 album Tattoo You.

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Hang fire refers to an unexpected delay between the triggering of a firearm and the ignition of the propellant. This failure was common in firearm actions that relied on open primer pans, due to the poor or inconsistent quality of the powder. Modern firearms are susceptible also. The delay is typically too brief to be noticed, but can be several seconds.

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