Next, it has a hammer which can be put to full and half cock, just like that of an ordinary pistol or revolver.
Then he lowered the hammer to half cock and made sure the safety was on.
Women don't understand such things; they go off at half cock, and think themselves skeptics.
"There is no use going off at half cock, Craig," he snarled.
Rick snapped the safety on and lowered the hammer to half cock, then tucked the pistol securely in his belt.
Both had the same design, that of a knight in full armor on a prancing horse, and a long lance at half cock, as it were.
He did so now, then put the hammer on half cock so it couldn't fire accidentally, and started off.
I want half and half—that is to say, half cock eggs, and half hen eggs.
The gun can be placed on half cock, so that the strikers do not act; and for further security the lever can be locked.
The breech-block is side-hinged, and it is opened and the shell is thrown out by simply bringing the gun to half cock.