There was some debate as to the correct procedure for dealing with a misfire, so what?s the official version?

Shotgun cartridges

MIKE GEORGE

Twenty-three years ago this subject came up when I attended a CPSA safety officers? course, and the advice is still the same: wait for at least 30 seconds with the gun pointed in a safe direction before removing the faulty cartridge.

This is in case you get what is called a ?hang fire?, in which the primer finally ignites several seconds after it has been struck by the firing pin.

The real danger is if the cartridge fires as it is being ejected, in which case it can go off very close to your face.

However, this is very rare, and I can only recall a single instance being reported in my near 25 years with Sporting Gun.

The shooter was injured, but fortunately only slightly.