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Old May 20, 2013, 06:43 PM   #23
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"Double" action can have two meanings; first, that the trigger can both raise and drop the hammer, and B, that the gun can be fired in two ways, by either manually cocking the hammer and pulling the trigger, or by using the trigger to both cock and drop the hammer. The former is why "double action" is sometimes also called "trigger cocking".
Any semi-auto that requires racking the slide to reset the mechanism is not "double action", using either definition.
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