half cock


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half cock

[′haf ¦käk]
(ordnance)
Position of the hammer of a small arm weapon when it is held by the first cocking notch, with the trigger locked and the weapon relatively safe.
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Single-action-ignorant people will pull a single-action hammer back until the cylinder is free to rotate but not actually engage the hammer in the half cock notch.
The safety does not block the slide, and it may be engaged with the hammer cocked, uncocked, or even at half cock.
Last season we were playing in a division where we could be half cock and get away with it, you cannot do that in the Premiership.
Bergkamp may not be at his best but Arsenal are a better team with him at half cock than without him.
Davy would have hunted his rifles with the rear trigger set and the hammer pulled to half cock, which was the typical frontier carry.
Not a fat lot, since the boycott went off half cock and converts to their cause would hardly have made up the numbers for a five-a-side kickabout.
We have to convince Ministers that the West Midlands is up for this and the WMLGA position is about getting it right and not going off at half cock.
The Heritage has the half cock position for loading and unloading the gun.