single action


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single action

[′siŋ·gəl ′ak·shən]
(ordnance)
A method of fire in some revolvers and shoulder arms in which the hammer must be cocked by hand, in contrast to double action in which a single pull of the trigger both cocks and fires the weapon.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I also found that the trigger would not return after being pulled back either in double or single action. Finally, the hammer would not cock or stay cocked when pulling it back.

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