at full cock

at full cock

Of a gun, with its hammer positioned so that the trigger can fire. Oh, he definitely wanted to shoot me—his gun was at full cock.
See also: cock, full

at full cock

(of a firearm) with the cock lifted to the position at which the trigger will act.
See also: cock, full
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He refilled the clip, threw a cartridge into the chamber, and, with the trigger at full cock, thrust up the safety ratchet.
His revolver, which for four days had been at full cock by his side, stole out and covered the approaching shadow stealing gradually nearer and nearer.
Jaralson was making a vigilant circumspection of the forest, his shotgun held in both hands and at full cock, his finger upon the trigger.
First of all I loaded all the rifles, placing them at full cock, and informed him that if he touched them they would go off.
At full cock, you can feel the lateral movement of the cylinder, but when the hammer falls, everything tightens right up.
In terms of function, the safety on all versions can be engaged only when the hammers are at full cock.
Of adequate size and shape, it can be activated only with the hammer at full cock, and doing so will not drop the hammer.
With an exposed-hammer handgun I press the hammer forward when at full cock to test if the hammer will travel forward.
They were off the mark faster than a hungry housewife on supermarket sweep - the taps on the supply line to Lisbie and Shaun Bartlett at full cock right from the off.
It is the "decocking" type; meaning if the P38's exposed hammer is at full cock, when the safety is engaged the hammer will fall but is blocked from striking the firing pin.
With the hammer at full cock and the safety engaged, the slide is not locked and you can cycle the slide and watch the ammo proceed into the chamber or out through the port.
After you've removed the mainspring-tube assembly(including the follower), place the hammer at full cock and withdraw the bolt assembly from the receiver.
A Match Commander hammer nestles down into the grip safety at full cock, and the gun features the traditional half-cock hammer safety.