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  1. (of a firearm) having the hammer concealed within the receiver.
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Origin of hammerless

First recorded in 1870–75; hammer + -less
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Examples from the Web for hammerless

Historical Examples of hammerless

  • The time of its construction was before the days of the hammerless.

    Camp and Trail

    Stewart Edward White

  • If it is a hammerless gun, remember that it is always cocked.

    Outdoor Sports and Games

    Claude H. Miller

  • From his coat pocket Britz produced the weapon, a gleaming steel revolver of the hammerless variety.

  • In 1871 T. Murcott patented a hammerless gun, the first to obtain distinct success.

  • A hammerless revolver, a short time ago, would have been considered an unsafe weapon.

British Dictionary definitions for hammerless


  1. (of a firearm) having the hammer enclosed so that it is not visible
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