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Postby chamacon » Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:49 pm

what is the difference on a pistol between single action, single shot and doble action.
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Postby Will_Carry » Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:13 am

In a revolver single action means you have to cock the hammer back with your thumb before you can squeeze the trigger and shoot it. These are usually the Cowboy pistols.

Double action means if you squeeze the trigger the hammer will come back and then drop, firing the gun. Dirty Harry's pistol was double action. Many double action revolvers have a hammer that allows you to shoot it single action or double action. Some revolvers don't have a hammer and are DAO (double action only)

Single shot means the pistol will hold one bullet only. These are usually hunting pistols like the Contender. Barney Fife had a double action revolver but was only allowed to keep one bullet in his pocket, that doesn't count.

With semi automatic pistols it's a little harder to explain.
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