North Carolina Hunter Safety Course


Single-Action Revolver

Single Action Revolver

Unlike its double-action counterpart, a single-action revolver's trigger only releases the hammer. When the hammer is pulled back to the full-cocked position, the trigger is set and can be pulled to fire a single shot. After a shot is fired, the trigger is locked in place until the hammer is pulled back to the full-cocked position for another shot. The cylinder does not swing out on a single-action. Loading requires the hammer to be pulled back to the half-cock position. Next, open the loading gate, rotate the cylinder to an empty chamber, and insert a cartridge. To eject a cartridge, pull the hammer to a half-cock position, open the loading gate, and rotate the cylinder until a cartridge is visible. When the cartridge is visible, push on the ejector rod until the cartridge falls out. You must perform this action for each cartridge.

Important! The trigger must be pulled while holding the hammer back to lower the hammer without firing the revolver. Don't slip!