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miss fire

  1. Dated form of misfire.
    • 1828, Timothy Flint, A Condensed Geography and History of the Western States
      I took aim and drew the trigger, but the gun missed fire. The person hearing the noise instantly jerked back his head.
    • 1835, William Greener, The gun; or, A treatise on the various descriptions of small fire-arms
      The gun-makers say, that the guns would be continually missing fire, if larger grained powder were adopted. This would be no fault of the powder, but theirs. Why not make the chamber wider, up to the immediate vicinity of the point of ignition?