Can you shoot a bullet with a hammer?
Without belaboring the terminology, if you put a round of ammunition in a vice and strike the primer with a hammer (nail not necessary), the primer will detonate, igniting the powder.
It will detonate, all right.
But the bullet won’t fire.
The cartridge will explode like a grenade, spraying shrapnel in all directions..
Can a gun go off if you drop it?
Can A Dropped Gun Go Off? Generally speaking, if your gun is kept in good condition, was made in the past decade of so, and isn’t used frequently enough for wear and tear to compromise the safety mechanisms in place, there is almost no chance of the gun going off if you drop it.
Can you accidentally set off a bullet?
The absolute answer is yes, any cartridge can be set off by throwing it, IF you can throw like a big-league baseball pitcher AND if it happens to land just right against some object small enough to protrude into the primer pocket, like a sharp pebble.
What happens if you throw a bullet into a fire?
If you throw a live round into fire, nothing is going to ignite the primer – there is no striker in a campfire. However, gunpowder will eventually reach the temperature of ignition and will light up causing those hot expanding gasses to appear.
Can a lawn mower set off a bullet?
Find it if you can, but even if the mower did set it off, they’ve proven pretty conclusively on Mythbusters that without being confined in a chamber, the bullet tends to stay put and the case goes flying, but with minimal energy, probably not enough to penetrate a pair of Carharts let alone the deck of a mower.