The saying, “Going off Half cocked”, originated as a shooting term. Half-cock is a position in which the hammer of a firearm is partially, but not completely, cocked. Many older guns usually have a form of safety so that when the hammer is only pulled back half way, the trigger is locked and the gun is supposed to be unable to fire.
The purpose of the half-cock position has variously been used either for loading a firearm, as a safety mechanism. Early flintlocks had required a half-cock position to prime the pan, in preparation for firing the firearm, after loading the main chamber. Some other early types of revolvers, such as the Colt 1851 Navy Revolver, required the user to place the hammer at half-cock to permit rotation of the cylinder to load the firearm. Likewise, some early types of repeating lever-action cartridge rifles such as the Winchester Model 94 … Read more »Continue