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[duhb-uh l-ak-shuh n] /ˈdʌb əlˈæk ʃən/
(of a firearm) requiring only one pull of the trigger to cock and fire it.
Origin of double-action
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A double-action force-pump is seen in Fig. 177, making an upward stroke.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • I do not like a double-action revolver, except for a pocket one, as it cannot do accurate shooting when cocking with the trigger.

  • One double-action folding machine will fold fifty sheets in a minute.

    The Pictorial Press Mason Jackson
  • Even in rapid-fire shooting better results are obtained with a double-action arm if used as a single action.

    Pistol and Revolver Shooting A. L. A. Himmelwright
  • It is also more difficult to make the trigger pull smooth and short in double-action mechanisms.

    Pistol and Revolver Shooting A. L. A. Himmelwright
  • The double-action feature in a revolver is of very little practical value.

    Pistol and Revolver Shooting A. L. A. Himmelwright
  • "Seems like what does get out by the chinks is sucked back agin by that there double-action flue," said Sam.

    Two Little Savages

    Ernest Thompson Seton
  • It was a double-action apparatus, made entirely of bamboo, except the pistons, which were of feathers.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • The powerful, double-action pumps quickly ejected the water-ballast.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • That is, the hammer would have traveled back all the way, whether it was cocked or fired in a double-action manner.

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

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