Any time the revolver is loaded, the hammer is cocked and the trigger is pulled and held to the rear, it will fire. Cocking the gun or pulling the trigger should only be done when you are ready to fire immediately.
NEVER DROP OR STRIKE ANY REVOLVER - COCKED OR UNCOCKED. CARRY AND HANDLE THE REVOLVER IN SUCH A MANNER THAT THE HAMMER WILL NOT BE STRUCK.
NEVER CARRY ANY REVOLVER WITH THE HAMMER COCKED.
7. After firing, the hammer will remain down. To fire subsequent shots, fully release the trigger and repeat steps 5 and 6 above for each shot.
A WARNING - INDEXING
If the gun is to be fired immediately after loading, ease the hammer forward into one of the safety recesses in the cylinder before the hammer is drawn back to the full cock position for the first shot. The hammer should be drawn with a firm, positive motion to the full cock position for each shot; thus actuating the working parts for complete indexing. Unless this procedure is followed in any single action revolver, the cylinder is apt to be out of index when fired.
If you do not desire to fire immediately, the hammer nose should be lowered onto an empty chamber or eased into one of the safety recesses which is provided on the rear of the cylinder between the nipples. This operation should be performed very cautiously, as, should the hammer fall onto a capped nipple, the revolver will fire. Be sure that the hammer is fully down in the safety recess and not just resting on the edge. The half-cock notch is provided for ease of loading only and should never be used as a safety notch.
BE SURE HAMMER IS IN CORRECT POSITION
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