Definitions for "Hangfire"
Perceptible delay between hammer or firing pin impact and actual firing
See Delayed Fire.
a perceptible delay in the ignition of a cartridge after the firing pin has struck the primer
Hangfire is the sixth novel of the military science fiction StarFist Saga, written by David Sherman and Dan Cragg. This installment of Starfist contains three significant and independent plots, one involving members of third platoon, Company L, and the second involves Brigidier Sturgeon, the FIST commander. In the third plotline, the alien race called by the Marines "Skinks" are shown conducting operations of their own.