Definition of double-action in English:



  • 1Combining two different functions; double-acting.

    ‘double-action moss killer’
    • ‘A new, double-action vaccine that protects children against diphtheria and whooping cough at the same time was described at the Atlantic City meeting of the American Public Health Association last week.’
    • ‘It was now precision built of hollow aluminum tubing and boasted an adjustable, double-action spring.’
  • 2(of a gun) able to be cocked and fired in one single action.

    • ‘A double-action revolver can be fired in a matter of seconds by anyone strong enough to pull a trigger, including the bad guy or a five-year-old child.’
    • ‘In handguns, the double-action revolver has traditionally been the recommendation of those who believe in the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid.’
    • ‘This was in no small part due to the fact Walther offered double-action pistols long before any American gun company did.’
    • ‘Here's how handcuffs may be used to secure conventional double-action handguns.’
    • ‘Police use of handguns still remained the domain of the double-action revolver with Smith & Wesson the preferred choice.’
    • ‘Women, historically, have proven partial to double-action revolvers, particularly when buying their first handgun.’
    • ‘For a first handgun, the best bet may be a double-action revolver, preferably double-action-only.’
    • ‘What was most remarkable about these auto loaders was the fact that they offered the same trigger action as a double-action revolver.’
    • ‘By far the largest number of King guns are Colts; some single, but most double-action revolvers.’
    • ‘However, this Tracker is not quite as smooth in operation as other larger and smaller Taurus double-action revolvers I have worked with.’
    • ‘For years, the fact single-action sixguns were simply stronger than double-action revolvers was accepted.’
    • ‘A double-action revolver that is used for speed shooting will experience a very different type of wear than one shot with heavy loads.’
    • ‘Many first-time gun buyers are advised to purchase a double-action revolver for self-protection.’
    • ‘Most sixgunners agree that the Triple-Lock was the finest factory produced double-action revolver.’
    • ‘That said, a double-action revolver with a more maneuverable 4-inch barrel is probably the best bet in a grim last-chance situation with the bear already on top of you.’
    • ‘With this technique, an accomplished shooter can deliver a center-mass strike about as quickly and accurately with a double-action pistol as with a single-action.’
    • ‘For example, the double-action pistol has a simplified recoil-spring guide that won't fit the older barrel, and vice-versa.’
    • ‘The double-action pistol features a 10-round magazine and a 3.5-inch barrel.’
    • ‘With the huge popularity of double-action pistols here's one that works the way the big guys do, doesn't kick much and you can pretty much shoot it all day for a few bucks.’
    • ‘Smith & Wesson's traditional autoloaders are unique among double-action pistols.’