half-loaded

half-loaded

[′haf ′lōd·əd]
(ordnance)
In automatic arms, the condition wherein the belt or magazine is inserted and the receiver is charged, but without the first cartridge actually in the chamber.
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Bob Melbo, a rail planner for the Oregon Department of Transportation, said it's likely that the switching crew was traveling south along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks when it came to an open switch at the industrial siding, which unexpectedly diverted the train onto the siding where the half-loaded rail car was stored.
Even in summer, takeoffs and landings at Leh's airport (among the world's highest) require optimal weather; incoming flights may not be able to land, and many flights leave Leh only half-loaded so the jet can rise quickly enough from the narrow valley.
military units have long carried pistols in this half-loaded configuration while walking or serving on guard- and duty-stations.
It's been kind of like going into a shootout at the OK Corral with a half-loaded pistol,'' Gavel said.
With little notice, more than 600 women and children boarded a half-loaded fertilizer ship and sailed for Japan with no male evacuees on board.
I half-loaded the magazine from a five-round stripper clip, hoping I'd need just one.
45 ACP pistol was on the line and apparently having trouble with a half-loaded magazine.