[ puhmp-ak-shuhn ]
/ ˈpʌmpˌæk ʃən /
(of a shotgun or rifle) having an action that extracts the empty case, loads, and cocks the piece by means of a hand-operated lever that slides backward and forward; slide-action.
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Origin of pump-action
An Americanism dating back to 1910–15
Words nearby pump-action
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Example sentences from the Web for pump-action
His 12-gauge pump-action shotgun was purchased for $279 at Lock N Load, a gun store in an Oldsmar strip mall, authorities say.Here's How Easily a Mentally-Ill Teen Can Get a Gun|David Frum|January 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The pump-action is the usual nickel action, that was formerly general on our ships, and is still widely used on smacks.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2|Roald Amundsen
British Dictionary definitions for pump-action
(of a shotgun or other repeating firearm) operated by a slide-action mechanism feeding ammunition from a magazine under the barrel into the breech
spraying or dispensing liquid by means of a pump rather than using a propellant
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