One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a gun) having a hammer that is raised by the trigger, not by hand.
- ‘From 1836 until the advent of the 1911 Government Model, which was simply the packing of the .45 Colt into a modern self-cocking pistol, the single-action was king.’
- ‘The gun is self-cocking, with an easy trigger pull for every shot after the first until you hit the decocking lever.’
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