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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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In this case, there actually was a half cock on the New Model Ruger.
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 hammer has a half cock notch which was popular and traditional on Colt single actions and first generation Ruger Hawks.
Typically, when loading and unloading a traditional Colt-style single action, the hammer is brought to half cock, which flees the cylinder and allows it to rotate clockwise, thus bringing each of the chambers in line with the open loading gate.
He offers everything from light action spring kits, to free-spin pawls, half cock notch hammers and even a grip frame with Colt geometry.
The safety does not block the slide, and it may be engaged with the hammer cocked, uncocked, or even at half cock.
So is the sear, and both parts are already relieved to prevent the half cock notch from contacting the sear as it falls.
The bore is reasonable, and the barrel and cylinder lock up tightly, but the hammer will fall from half cock if the trigger is pulled.
The Heritage has the half cock position for loading and unloading the gun.
Bring the hammer back to half cock so the cylinder rotates freely, and open the loading gate.