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Single and Double Action
The main difference between a single action and a double action is how the trigger is cocked.
- Single-action - the trigger performs one action; releasing the hammer. The hammer must be manually cocked with the thumb.
- Double-action - the trigger performs two tasks; it both cocks and releases the hammer. Most double-action revolvers can also be fired in a single-action mode by cocking the hammer with the thumb
- Revolvers can be classifed as single-action or double-action
- Semi-automatics can be classified as one of three types: Single-action, double-action, double-action-only