from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Without a visible hammer; -- said of a gun having a cock or striker concealed from sight, and out of the way of an accidental touch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no hammer or no visible hammer: applied, specifically, to a breech-loading small arm in which the cartridge is fired by the action of a firing-pin or a concealed hammer.


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  • He took out a pistol and glanced at it. .38 hammer-less.

    Space Platform

  • A doubtful bag doesn't matter -- it's a new country and I feel as keen as a cockney on his first 12th -- so I unpack my American automatic five shooter, beside which all last year's single-trigger double-barrel hammer-less ejectors are as flintlocks!

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah

  • I've been to a few guns show lately and have looked a titanium hammer-less Taurus.

    Lincoln vs Cadillac


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