at full cock

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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.
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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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The same may also be effected by drawing back the hammer and pressing lightly back at the same time on the firing lever to disengage it from the cylinder; and when at full-cock the hammer will be held by the trigger, or sear.
His idea involved the addition of a small, spring-loaded sear that engaged a notch on the hammer, allowing it to be arrested at full-cock when it was thumbcocked.
Of adequate size and shape, it can be activated only with the hammer at full-cock, and doing so will not drop the hammer.
It is much harder to force at full-cock because of the position of the tang and the direction of the blow required, besides which, if it is forced from full-cock, it will fall to half-cock and not fire.
With my revolver, the ideal sight picture occurred when the base of the front sight was aligned atop the tip of the hammer as seen at full-cock and the target covered by the sight picture.