Depends on what gun you are shooting.
Single Action Revolver: keep finger off trigger while pulling the hammer back until it locks in place. Pull trigger to fire the gun.
Double Action Revolver: Same as the above. Additionally, one can simply pull the trigger and the hammer will be pushed back by the mechanism and then tripped by the trigger.
Semi Auto Pistol: There are different types of semi auto guns. Pulling the slide (upper part of the handgun) to the rear and then letting it go forward will leave the trigger in the c0cked position. Some semi auto guns have a double action feature; pulling the slide to the rear c0cks the gun but the hammer will not be locked to the rear - the gun will still fire when the trigger is pulled. Some semi auto guns are striker fired, meaning there is no hammer to c0ck, pulling the slide simply sets the firing pin up to be released by the trigger.
Rifles: These come as bolt action, lever action, and semi auto. Bringing a bolt handle up and then to the rear and then forward again on a bolt action rifle will c0ck the action, there is no hammer. Pulling the lever down and then back up will c0ck the lever action rifle - these rifles do have hammers. Semi auto rifles usually have a c0cking handle on the side of the receiver, pulling it to the rear and letting go forward will c0ck this action.
shotguns: These are available as double barrel, over/under, pump, and semi auto. both the double barrel and the over/under shotgun is c0cked by opening the action and closing it again. A pump shotgun (and pump action rifles) use the fore stock (the wood or plastic grip under the barrel) as a grip that moves backwards and than forwards to c0ck the action. The semi auto shotgun works like the semi auto rifle.
· 9 years ago