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single-action

Syllabification: sin·gle-ac·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌsiNGɡəlˈakSH(ə)n/

Definition of single-action in English:

adjective

(Of a gun) needing to be cocked by hand before it can be fired.
Example sentences
  • He was thus enabled to coolly return fire with his single-action handguns even as lead rained through the spaces above.
  • There is a 12 lb. weight limit which will cover the majority of rifles and single-action pistols or revolvers.
  • Just a couple of years later, Sturm, Ruger & Co. was making a splash with their new Blackhawk .44 Magnum single-action revolvers.

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